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Dampak Perubahan Lingkungan Terhadap Kesehatan

OXFORD – Dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, orang-orang semakin menyadari potensi bahaya yang diakibatkan oleh pemanasan global dan perubahan lingkungan lainnya yang diakibatkan oleh aktivitas manusia, dan peningkatan kesadaran ini adalah sebuah perubahan yang baik. Namun, dampak paling berbahaya dari pemanasan global justru masih terabaikan, yaitu dampak hal tersebut terhadap kesehatan manusia.   

Kekhawatiran mengenai dampak peningkatan temperatur diatas temperatur pada masa pra-industri bagi bumi adalah sebuah hal yang wajar. Selain itu, wajar pula jika ada kekhawatiran bahwa kelompok termiskin di dunia akan terkena dampak terbesar dari hal ini, sementara Amerika yang merupakan negara penghasil karbon dioksida terbesar kedua di dunia justru terlihat makin mengabaikan tanggung jawab mereka.  

Tapi dampak perubahan lingkungan yang diakibatkan oleh aktivitas manusia terhadap kesehatan masih diabaikan dan kualitas hidup generasi mendatang digadaikan demi keuntungan ekonomi. Dampak dari hal-hal tersebut terlihat dengan lebih jelas di negara-negara berkembang yang terletak di Afrika, Asia, Amerika Latin dan Eropa.

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