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Climate change increasingly poses health threat

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reports that climate change is exacerbating floods and droughts and reducing water quality, posing an increasing threat to people’s health.

EEA, the Copenhagen-based EU agency, on Wednesday called for swift action and better coordination between governments and authorities in order to limit or avoid health risks.

According to the report, one in eight Europeans already live in areas that are potentially susceptible to river flooding.

Elderly people, children, people in poor health, lower-income groups, farmers and rescue workers are the most affected by floods, droughts, forest fires or waterborne diseases and pathogens, according to the report.

It said climate change is exacerbating floods and droughts and reducing water quality, posing an increasing threat to people’s health.

According to the report, one in eight Europeans already live in areas that are potentially susceptible to river flooding.

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