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Jul 09, 2007 at 01:04pm IST

Global warming triggers diseases, ticks concern

New Delhi: If you think global warming is just about melting glaciers and rising seas, think again.

Diseases including malaria and dengue and even conditions like diarrhoea and heat stroke kill 77, 000 people in the Asia-Pacific region every year, according to WHO report.

Earlier this month, the WHO highlighted the connection between rising global temperatures and unsanitary conditions that breed diseases including malaria and dengue across Asia.

Says director, Sustainable Development and Health Environment, WHO, "People tend to just look at individual diseases. What they should keep in mind is the link that it has with global warming, which is the real reason."

In India, the effects of global warming are already visible, with the melting of the Himalayan glaciers.

Rapid industrialisation and the burning of fossil fuels has resulted in the increase in greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere, which then has increased the temperature and has had a serious impact on health.

"Cooler states become warmer and diseases like malaria perhaps may occur in Kashmir. Droughts will occur and lead to malnutrition and epidemics and so on,” says Public Health Physician, Centre for Environmental Studies, Dr Nitesh Dogra.

So switch off electrical gadgets or appliances when not in use. And when you want a cup of coffee next time replace your paper cup with a ceramic mug.

Avoid plastic bags when you go shopping. There is so much that you can do starting with you changing your lifestyle.

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