The actions carried out all over the world for improving human beings’ quality of life include debates among scholars on the need to provide timely information with views to prevent some diseases.
Hence, the Cuban capital recently hosted the first Meeting of Experts for the Implementation of Biometeorological and Bioclimatological Forecasts in Latin America and the Caribbean, which welcomed representatives from seven countries.
There are other risks that are not natural disasters, said Luis Lecha, a Cuban specialist in geographic sciences, when addressing researchers from the United States, Brazil, Spain, Russia, Panama, Ecuador and Cuba.
Regarding this, he mentioned heat waves, lightning, the Sahara dust and pollution in industrial areas.
These events seriously affect the health of vulnerable people –the elderly, pregnant women, children and people suffering from asthma- the Cuban expert warned.
Livestock and agriculture are also affected by these climate changes, said Lecha, who is the author of the Biometeorological Forecast Model, which was first presented in 1996 and implemented ten years later.
Born in the central Cuban province of Villa Clara, the specialist said that efforts are underway for extending that experience to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Spanish academic Pablo Fernández from the University of Cantabria, noted that the effects caused by meteorological processes should not be assessed on an individual basis only. People do not enjoy good health in a polluted society, he commented.
Russian specialist Elena Ciomina took advantage of the occasion to call upon tourists from far-off countries to get informed about the climatological conditions of the countries they intend to visit in order to be able to mitigate the effects caused by the changes in temperature.
“We want people to change their life style, their habits, so that the impact is lower,” said Ecuadorian José Luís Santos, from the Higher Polytechnic School of Guayaquil.
The idea is to make the best use of what we have available to improve our quality of life, taking climatologic conditions into consideration, he warned.
Santos, who visited Cuba for the first time, praised the way the island shares its experiences in biometeorology with other countries.Share on FB Share on TT