From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail
July 15, 2008 at 10:17 AM EDT
We all know that global climate change is heating sensitive ecological regions around the world. Now U.S. researchers are predicting it will bring a burning sensation to some sensitive human regions.
Researchers at the University of Texas say global warming will trigger a dramatic rise in kidney stones in the United States.
According to their study, warming temperatures over the next 42 years will cause a 30-per-cent jump in cases of nephrolithiasis, or kidney stone disease, in some regions of the country.
“This will come and get you in your home,” said Tom Brikowski, lead researcher and an associate professor of geosciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It will make life just uncomfortable enough that maybe people will slow down and think what they’re doing to the climate.”