We all know that the effects of global warming threaten our natural environment, and it turns out they're not so great for us either. The pollutants in our air and water supplies—and the extreme weather events that they're spurring—pose a distinct threat to human health.
According to an assessment by the World Health Organization, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. No wonder health insurance companies are starting to designate resources to limit global warming. "We know that there are certain things climate change-related that ultimately can impact someone's health," Kyle Cahill, the director of sustainability and environmental health at Blue Cross Blue Shield, told Yale researchers. "Ultimately we know [measures that curb climate change] will benefit all of us in the health care system broadly because people will become healthier."
The more we learn about the connection between the health of the earth and our bodies, the more we realize they're really one and the same. Here's what the research says about the unexpected dangers of climate change; may they motivate us to start living a little bit greener each day.