Climate change and health
Climate change is also changing the weather in Germany. Rising temperatures can put strain on the body in many ways. However, it is not just the heat itself that can negatively affect people’s health.
How does climate change affect health?
Climate change is leading to higher temperatures, longer summers and milder winters.
For people, this can mean:
Heatwaves are becoming more common in Germany
High temperatures put strain on the body and can cause heat-related conditions. Older people, young children and people with pre-existing conditions are particularly at risk. However, this risk can be reduced through simple measures.
Find out more about hot weather and health
Heatwaves can cause health problems. This article explains who is particularly at risk and some easy ways to reduce the risk.To the article
In good weather, many people head outside to enjoy the sunshine
Sunshine is good for the mental health. However, it is important to properly protect the skin and eyes from UV radiation. This is because it can damage the genetic material and cause cancer.
Find out more about UV radiation
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause lasting damage to the skin and eyes. It is the primary risk factor for skin cancer.To the article
Many plants benefit from climate change – to the detriment of people with pollen allergies
Longer and warmer summers cause plants to blossom for longer and produce more pollen. For hay fever sufferers, this means that their allergy symptoms persist for longer and are often more pronounced.
Find out more about pollen allergies and climate change
Studies indicate an increase in allergic respiratory diseases due to climate change. The principal reason is the increase in the pollen count. Read more how allergies are connected to climate change.To the article
The importance of good protection against mosquitoes and ticks is growing
Rising temperatures mean that mosquitoes and ticks that used to be primarily found in tropical regions may in the future also appear in Germany. They can transmit pathogens to humans. This will increase the possibility of becoming infected with these pathogens in Germany in future.
Find out more about exotic pathogens
Climate change can affect the spread of mosquitoes and ticks and the pathogens they transmit. What pathogens are involved and what can be done to protect against them?To the article