Anthropogenic Climate Change: The Next Epidemiological Transtion
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In 1971, Oman posited a theory called the epidemiological transition, which intuitively described that the cause of death in the world started with infectious disease and has shifted drastically to the modern man-made degenerative diseases. As we humans have grown to realize this dilemma, we have taken many measures to mitigate these man-made degenerative diseases, and to a great extent we have been successful thus far. Health, however, is a constant battle, and I believe that a new epidemic is rising. This paper will explore this new epidemic: climate change, and the public’s knowledge of its existence, the magnitude of its effects, and their actions to debase its effects. This thesis will answer this question, why is climate change the next human health crisis and how should we combat it? Climate change is a very real problem in the world, for it has caused extreme flooding drought, and changes in our everyday lives. We humans may have not been the cause of climate change, but we sure enough are speeding up and strengthening its effects. As a last component, this thesis, by analyzing past experiences in controlling epidemics, will hope to propose certain ideas and measures we humans can take to address the current epidemic, climate change.