global warming increases antibiotic resistance

You know that global warming is bad for the health of our planet, but now we know an unexpected new way it is contributing to a crisis in our health.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria an emerging global health crisis. At least 2 million Americans fall victim to them each year and an alarming 700,000 people worldwide die from them each year, and the number could soar to 10 million by 2050.

A new American/Canadian study has found that there are causes beyond the overuse of antibiotics that contribute to antibiotic resistance. Surprisingly, global warming contributes as well. Increasing temperatures are associated with increasing antibiotic resistance. The researchers found that a increase in temperature of 10 degrees Celsius is associated with a 4.2% increase risk of antibiotic resistant E. coli, a 2.7% increase risk for Staphylococcus aureus and a 2.2% increase for Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Earlier research has suggested that a common cause behind global warming and antibiotic resistance is factory farming.



Nature Climate Change 2018; doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0161-6



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