Think You’re Safe from Climate Impact Because You’re In the Midwest? “Moist Heat Stress” Threatens Far Beyond Sea Levels

A chilling reality looms on the horizon, one where significant parts of the world, including China and the Midwest United States, are hurtling towards climatic conditions that surpass human tolerance. 

Impending Climate Crisis

Vast regions of the world, from China to the US Midwest, face an impending crisis as global temperatures escalate to perilous levels.

Researchers examined the impacts of accelerating global temperatures, foreseeing dire consequences as billions face a rapid increase in heat and humidity.

The researchers looked at different possibilities, considering how much hotter the Earth could get, from 1.5 to 4 degrees Celsius more than before.

Scientists are studying how this heat is going to affect us, and the results are not good. Billions of people will soon face extreme heat and humidity that their bodies can no longer endure.

“Moist Heat Stress”

The research pointed out something really important – once the Earth gets more than 2 degrees hotter, lots of people won’t be able to handle the heat, and it’ll be bad for their health.

“Moist heat stress” is a big problem because it directly affects our bodies and can make us very sick, highlighting the need to address this danger.

When it’s very hot and humid, our bodies struggle to stay cool, putting us in a dangerous situation where we can’t control our body temperature.

Older people, young children, and those already sick are at a higher risk of getting sick from the heat as the planet warms up.

Dangerous Heat

Even though countries have promised to limit global warming, it looks like we’re not on track, and we need to take action right away. 

Some places like Pakistan, the Indus River Valley, China, and sub-Saharan Africa are at higher risk because people there don’t have advanced ways to stay cool, such as air-conditioning.

According to experts, the US Midwest is set to become a “Moist heat stress hotspot” if we don’t act right away, showing that it’s not just the less fortunate countries that will be affected.

Farming makes the air even more humid, especially in the Midwest US, making the heat even more dangerous.

“1.5 Billion People” at Risk 

In the worst-case scenario of the Earth getting 4 degrees hotter, a huge number of people around the world will face very long periods of extreme heat and humidity.

If the Earth heats 4 degrees more, Yemen could become almost impossible to live in, facing extreme heat and humidity for 300 days of the year. 

In this 4-degree scenario, “1.5 billion people” around the world are potentially at risk of moist heat stress for at least one month per year.

Our strategies to deal with the weather need to change.

We can’t just think about temperature; we need to think about how humid it is, too.

Lower Income Communities Hit Hardest

We need to act quickly to cut down on things that make the planet hotter; even a small change can make a big difference.

Climate experts agree with the study’s findings, telling us that extreme heat affects some people more than others and we need to pay attention, “Extreme heat is already responsible for countless deaths worldwide every year,” one said.

Extreme heat affects some communities worse than others, and we need to make sure everyone gets the help they need, “It [heat] disproportionately kills people in lower income communities, often communities of color. This is as true here in the US as it is around the globe,” another said.

Working Together To handle this big problem, everyone needs to work together – countries, communities, and people.

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