The climate crisis is one of the most important modern threats to humanity.

In some regions, extreme weather events and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent, while other regions are being tested by intense heat waves and droughts.

Climate change is a very serious threat to the environment and humans. Its consequences affect many different aspects of our lives. The climate crisis has dramatic effects on health. Obesity, the significant decline in female and male fertility and epigenetic changes are among the most dramatic manifestations of the climate crisis in health.

These effects were presented at the 9th Delphi Economic Forum.

The Professor of Obstetrics-Gynecology EKPA Sofia Kalantaridou presented the results of studies on the reduction of female fertility, due to environmental pollution and climate change, as well as the reduction of the age of menopause to ever younger ages.

The Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Crete, Antonis Makrygiannakis, stated that the rise in temperature, environmental pollutants and volatile substances found in the environment (eg pesticides) dramatically reduce all parameters of sperm and male fertility and spermatogenesis.

The director of the Laboratory of Genetics and Precision Medicine, Foundation for Technology and Research, Konstantinos Stratakis, developed the epigenetic changes created by climate change and the resulting risks for future generations.

Coping with extreme weather changes can be tackled with innovative methods for building construction by taking lessons from nature to build and create new materials. Architect Emmanuela Myrtakis developed ways to reduce the effects of climate change through architecture.

The construction sector plays a key role in climate change, as it contributes 37% to the increase in carbon dioxide gas emissions, overconsumption of energy, and waste of natural resources. An innovative method for the sustainable development of constructions is the biomimetic approach, i.e. the imitation of nature’s formations and mechanisms for the production of similar products with a friendly environmental footprint. Addressing modern problems results in the search for solutions inspired by nature that incorporate its principles, said Ms. Myrtakis.