12 Feb '12, 6pm

“Germany : slight climate changes are having a long term impact #earth #climate #change” via @DDidemaydogan

Antje von Brook from BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany describes how slight climate changes are having a long term impact in Germany: ¨As the temperature increases, those in urban areas are likely to suffer the most, especially the elderly and those with heart disease. In 2003 more than 5,000 people died because of the heat and future summers may bring more fatalities. With the rise in temperature, tropical diseases can survive even in central Europe. Cases of dengue fever have already been reported in France and Italy. In Germany there were cases of leishmaniasis (Dum-Dum-fever) and an increase in Lyme disease. ¨While the skiing industry is struggling with warmer winters and lower snowfall, the Alps face even more severe problems. Increased temperatures, even in the high mountains, cause glaciers to melt and have caused a reduction of 20% in the last 20 years. With the de...

Full article: http://www.foei.org/en/who-we-are/testimonies/europe/antje

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