Illness caused by climate change?
Other News |    Written by Administrator    | Wednesday, 11 April 2012

<img style="margin-left: 10px; float: right;" alt="Arctic ice (Photo: GettyImages)" src="images/stories/News_Files/126915435_Small.jpg" height="199" width="300" />Inuit communities in Canada are reporting more cases of illness attributed to pathogens that have washed into surface water and groundwater. This is the result of a new study.<br /><br />The reason is connected to heavier rainfall and faster snow melt due to climate change.<br /><br />The findings corroborate past research that suggests indigenous people worldwide are being disproportionately affected by climate change. This is because many of them live in regions where the effects are felt first and most strongly, and they might come into closer contact with the natural environment on a daily basis.<br /><br />For example, some indigenous communities lack access to treated water because they are far from urban areas.<br /><br />"In the north, a lot of [Inuit] communities prefer to drink brook water instead of treated tap water. It's just a preference," explained study lead author Sherilee Harper, a Vanier Canada graduate scholar in epidemiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.<br /><br />"Also, when they're out on the land and hunting or fishing, they don't have access to tap water, so they drink brook water."<br /><br />In Rigolet, a small Inuit town studied by Harper’s team, the findings from the study have already led to changes in the community, said Charlotte Wolfrey, mayor of the town.<br /><br />“We’re asking people when they go to their cabin not to drink brook water and instead take water that has been chlorinated to eliminate bacteria,” Wolfrey said. “We also have posters around town reminding people that if they’re going to drink [untreated] water, they need to boil it first.”<br /><br data-mce-bogus="1" />
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