Extreme and severe are two ways to describe the weather that can be dangerous or that can cause harm to people and/or property. And the first thing you should know about extreme weather is that it is in its most destructive point when increased by climate change, the latter which is already triggering more extreme weather, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction and costs billions in health care.
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People around the world are sounding the alarms in the matter, and they have the NASA, the US National Academy of Sciences, the NOAA, doctors, nurses, public health officials, the insurance industry, the US military, and mayors of major cities on their side on this issue. Climate change is provoking droughts, superstorms, wildfires, floods, and deluges that harm hundreds, if not thousands of people across the globe.
Hot days and air pollution mean strong conditions for ground-level ozone, also known as smog, which shapes itself when contaminants from cars, trucks, and smokestacks blend with sunshine. Ozone is a potent oxidant that can inflame the airways, instigating a scorching sensation, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Ozone has been related to a host of illnesses that can lead to early mortality and heart failure, and all of these health complications only increase hospital admissions and emergency room visits for breathing causes for children and adults with asthma and inflammation of the lungs.
Some of the extreme weather events that affect our health further enhanced by climate change are:
- Heat and mega-heat
waves: They produce air pollution harms related to higher temperatures, like
ozone levels. Heatwaves lead to enormously great air conditioning use, which
only sends up more greenhouse gases and makes the problem severer.
- Heavy rainfall: A heater atmosphere holds more dampness and produces more weighty rainfalls and storm flows. Besides, they also bring an increase in insect-borne sicknesses transmitted by the insects that grow in humid conditions.
- Drought: Augmented droughts increase the danger and then the severity of wildfires, all the while the food prices upsurge as less food can grow during these times.
The earth is heating up for the reason that gases formed by human activities – including carbon, soot, and methane from burning coal, oil, and gas for fuel – are shaping in the atmosphere, catching the sun’s heat. This contamination performances like a dense cover over our planet, the “greenhouse effect”. Greenhouse gases make out planet hotter and damper, they load the dice for superstorms, harsh heat waves, violent wildfires, and rough hurricanes and tornadoes.
And now that we are on it, the “wait and see” approach is not the solution to this, and in fact, can make everything even riskier. It’s like waiting to see how bad a disease can get before treating it, and in this case, that’s a pretty accurate comparison.
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