Climate change is likely to accelerate rates of chronic kidney disease worldwide as rising temperatures and heat stress harm kidneys, according to Business Insider.
Citing new research from the University of Colorado published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the article notes that:
“A new type of kidney disease, occurring throughout the world in hot areas, is linked with temperature and climate and may be one of the first epidemics due to global warming.”
Both heat stress and inadequate access to clean drinking water are increasing along with global temperatures. This is leading to more kidney disease; particularly among workers in occupations like agriculture that require people to work outdoors for long periods.
Although currently a problem in tropical regions, the concern is that increased climate-related kidney disease will begin to affect Europe and the USA as global warming increases.