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Climate change may reduce average life expectancy by half a year, study suggests
The study conducted by Amit Roy from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and The New School for Social Research, U.S., sheds light on a concerning aspect of climate change—the potential impact on human lifespan. Published in the open-access journal PLOS Climate on January 18, 2024, the research delves into the intricate relationship between climate change, as indicated by temperature and rainfall patterns, and the average human lifespan.

Climate change has long been associated with a range of public health issues, ranging from immediate and direct consequences like natural disasters (such as floods and heatwaves) to more indirect yet equally detrimental effects on respiratory and mental health. However, until now, a direct link between climate change and life expectancy had not been clearly established.

To bridge this gap, Roy conducted a comprehensive analysis, examining data from 191 countries spanning the years 1940 to 2020. In order to account for significant variations between countries, the study incorporated GDP per capita as a control variable. By evaluating the interplay between average temperature, rainfall, and life expectancy, the research aimed to discern a direct correlation between climate change and its potential impact on human life.

In a groundbreaking move, the study went beyond merely assessing the isolated effects of temperature and rainfall. Roy introduced a novel composite climate change index, the first of its kind, which amalgamates both variables to provide a comprehensive measure of the overall severity of climate change. This index not only allows for a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between climate patterns and life expectancy but also opens avenues for more targeted interventions and policy considerations.

Perhaps the most striking revelation from the study is the estimate that the cost of climate change could potentially trim six months off the average human lifespan. This finding underscores the urgency of addressing climate change not only as an environmental crisis but as a critical determinant of public health and longevity. The study calls for a collective and immediate response to mitigate the impacts of climate change, highlighting the need for sustainable policies and practices that safeguard both the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants.



  • johnte ndeto

    10 w

    Nice piece 👏

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    • Kevin

      12 w

      This is quite a damning study, the revelations here are quite scary and it is upon us to act now

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      • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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        This study by Amit Roy presents a concerning perspective on the intersection of climate change and human life expectancy. The groundbreaking analysis, spanning data from 191 countries, establishes a direct link between climate change indicators (temperature and rainfall patterns) and the potential impact on average human lifespan. The introduction of a composite climate change index, combining temperature and rainfall variables, adds depth to our understanding of this complex relationship. The study's estimate that climate change may reduce average life expectancy by half a year underscores the urgency of addressing this global crisis not only as an environmental challenge but also as a critical determinant of public health.

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        • Grace Njeri

          12 w

          It's disappointing for hazardous climate practices to indefinitely lessen our life expectancy,let's all submissively counter the obvious future challenge.

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          • winnie nguru

            12 w

            Saddening to see people not able to live longer because of reasons we can can do something about

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            • Grace Njeri

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              @winnie_nguru We should instead spearhead diligent strategies to arrest the case.

            • Munene Mugambi

              12 w

              And these numbers may increase with time as climate change effects get worse

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              • Boniface Kuria

                12 w

                Am not ready to lose even a second of my life due to climate change. So lets be proactive in increasing our life expectancy by taking care of our earth. If we take care of our climate, it will take care of us.

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                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  12 w

                  Food for thought

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