A Canadian woman made headlines on Monday after being the first person in the world to be officially diagnosed with “climate change” by a doctor. Although this diagnosis seemed like a shockingly singular sign of our world’s evolving battle with climate change, it may soon become a common problem.
In the wake of the COP26 summit and harrowing reports on record breaking emission levels, people around the world are preparing to be affected by the consequences of environmental degradation, and those consequences take many forms: from extreme weather events to loss of viable land for farming, rising sea levels, and, now, the deterioration of personal health.
British insurance company CIA Landlords has indexed the best places in the world to live in order to mitigate the effects of climate change on your body. The company analyzed data on countries’ biosphere, air quality, and climate stability — the frequency of extreme weather events and susceptibility to long-term existential threats like rising sea levels.
Air quality has one of the biggest impacts on a person’s long-term health. While the effects of air pollution on one’s daily life may feel minimal, the long-term damage of air pollution can cause serious illness.
CIA Landlords found that Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden, lead the world in air quality and climate stability. Sweden is heavily forested and its countless trees produce oxygen, which helps sustain the country’s climate.
The top 10 cities for air quality in the insurance company’s index are:
- Umeå, Sweden
2. Tampere, Finland
4. Tallinn, Estonia
5. Bergen, Norway
6. Uppsala, Sweden
7. Narva, Estonia
8. Salamanca, Spain
9. Stockholm, Sweden
10. Tartu, Estonia
Canadian woman diagnosed with “climate change” after record breaking heatwave
The use of the term “climate change” as a medical diagnosis came to be after suffering from intense symptoms following a record-setting heatwave.
Dr. Kyle Meritt of British Columbia felt that using the term — which is often reserved for describing humans’ effect on the planet— was the only appropriate way to account for how the woman’s underlying conditions were exacerbated by the extreme temperatures.
Temperatures rose to 122 degrees Fahrenheit this summer, marking a historic moment in Canada’s history. A total of 570 people died due to the effects of the extreme temperatures.
The patient that Meritt diagnosed with ‘climate change’ is a woman in her 70’s suffering from numerous conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues.
“If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just going to keep falling further and further behind,” Meritt said when asked about the patient by Glacier Media.
Meritt noted that “all of her health problems have been worsened,” by the heatwave, and that her deteriorating condition was irreducible to any one of her health issues, but rather the effect the heatwave had on her entire body: “she’s really struggling to stay hydrated,” he added.