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UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

In the middle of the century, the first cause of death will be superbugs (resistant to any antibiotic) developed, among other things, by chemical waste discharged into water and soil.

Arctic thaw is a planetary “time bomb” that causes more greenhouse gases, ocean acidification and increase in the level of all the seas. The alarm includes the discharge of plastics and the lack of water and food due to environmental deterioration aggravated by climate change.

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

The UN launched on Wednesday a new warning about the environmental catastrophe that threatens the planet in ecological deterioration and has issued some figures: the pollution will continue to cause millions of deaths until 2050 when the first cause of deaths will be due to the birth of superbugs, among other causes, from chemicals discharged into the water.

At the current rate of global warming, Arctic temperatures will be increased between 3 and 5 ° C compared to the norm and this will cause a “devastation” of the Arctic regions and acceleration of a chain of planetary effects, such as sea level rise in the world.

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) is meeting in Nairobi (Kenya) where they launched these alarms based on the work of 250 experienced scientists from 70 countries.

The document on Global Environmental Perspectives (GEO) and the Arctic study reflect the current situation and projections for the coming years. According to his calculations, alleviating the effects of climate change would cost about 22,000 million dollars, but “could reverse some benefits of 54,000 million.”

Poor air quality has established itself as a high-risk factor for death. “Especially in Asia and Africa”, the UNEP reiterates, although only a few days ago, a new study recalculated the premature deaths related to pollution and doubles the figure for Europe to 800,000. By 2050, they expect the global volume to remain anchored between 4.5 and 7 million deaths.

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

“Pollution is the biggest health threat in the entire European region,” the UN says in its forecasts for the region. And he adds that “over 95% of the city population is exposed to pollution levels higher than those recommended by the World Health Organization”.

The accumulation of nitrogen in the environment is deteriorating ecosystems. The prospective document reminds us that, in three decades, the main cause of natural death will be the “superbugs”, the multi-resistant pathogens to antibiotics.

Treatment-immune bacteria, a problem that is increasingly prevalent in Europe and Spain, are developed by excess of inappropriate drugs in humans and livestock. But, as scientific analyzes have shown, it also has a part of its origin in environmental damage due to the amount of biochemical remains that reach the environment, for example, in water discharges.

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

Among the warnings, scientists focused on the deterioration of the Arctic region. The increase in temperatures associated with the warming of the Earth “could awaken a sleeping giant”.

From the dissolution of the Northern Cap, a greater emission of greenhouse gases is triggered —when the carbon trapped in the permafrost is released— the acidification of the oceans (which is already devastating ecosystems) can increase the pollution of the sea in a drastic and dangerous way.

Climate change is already decimating the fishing banks of species sought by commercial fleets.

UN launches alarm: Environmental disaster in 2050 with millions of deaths

The Arctic is an area particularly vulnerable to climate change, but it also extends a crucial influence on climate and global ecosystems. “We need to highlight the relationship between the Arctic and its global connections,” says Bjorn Alfthan, of the Norwegian GRID-Arendal Foundation and co-author of the UN scientific text. The analysis specifies that in the area, where four million people live, it faces “devastation”.

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