Global Warming: A Public Health Concern

Afzal, Brenda M.
May 2007
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing;2007, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p2
Academic Journal
Over the last 100 years the average temperature on the Earth has risen approximately 1Fahrenheit (F), increasing at a rate twice as fast as has been noted for any period in the last 1,000 years. The Arctic ice cap is shrinking, glaciers are melting, and the Arctic permafrost is thawing. There is mounting evidence that these global climate changes are already affecting human health. This article provides a brief overview of global warming and climate changes, discusses effects of climate change on health, considers the factors which contribute to climate changes, and reviews individual and collective efforts related to reducing global warming.


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