A deadly, overlooked consequence of climate change: disease

By Akshat Rathi

31 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Scientists have found that extreme weather events - fuelled by global warming - are devastating vulnerable communities - as disease related outbreaks significantly rise. Bloomberg has the story.

Over the past year, more than 1,000 people have died in Malawi of cholera - a disease that's preventable and very easy to treat. The disease is endemic to the East African country, but this outbreak has taken more lives than any in the past. And climate change is, at least partly, to blame.

It began when Malawi, along with Madagascar, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, were hit by a series of cyclones and storms starting in January 2022. That caused floods, deaths, and displacement across the region.

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