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Climate change: The number of lung patients is on the rise

Dublin: Climate change is putting people with respiratory conditions at greater risk, health experts say. Rising temperatures, shifting weather patterns, an increase in pollen and other allergens, wildfires, dust storms, and the use of fossil fuels in transportation are all exacerbating the existing respiratory system.

They are calling for immediate action to combat climate change and reduce air pollution.

In 2019, air pollution is estimated to have killed 6.7 million people worldwide and 373,000 in Europe, with rising greenhouse gases and air pollution both contributing to the death toll.

“Climate change affects everyone’s health, but those with respiratory problems are the most vulnerable. “Not only are they already struggling to breathe, but they are also very sensitive to our changing climate,” said Zorana Jovanovic Andersen, a professor and climatologist at the University of Copenhagen. Some of them have worsening symptoms, sometimes to a fatal level.”

Children are more vulnerable to climate change and air pollution than adults because their lungs are still developing, they breathe faster, and they inhale two to three times more air when they spend more time outside.

People who are exposed to air pollution early in life are more likely to develop chronic lung diseases later in life, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis from smoking.

The European Respiratory Society has also urged the EU to align its air quality standards with those of the World Health Organisation.

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