Weather Effects Your Health
Weather Effects Your Health

There is no place in the world that has perfect weather and never gets too cold or too hot at some point throughout the year. During the summer and winter months are temperatures that are not optimal for the human body. That is why we have the eager to cool off in the summer and have the need to bundle up for warmth in the winter. This demonstrates how the weather affects the body’s action such as movement and working out, which affects your overall health.

I have found this very true for myself. I reside in the Midwest which gets really hot temperatures in the summer and really cold temperatures in the winter. The body’s optimal temperature for any type of movement, like working out, is 42.7 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why during the summer and winter months, the body tends to be lackadaisical. Furthermore, with the effects of global warming increasing temperatures and causing profound changes in the weather, the temperature is far from 42.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Aside from being more lethargic, the weather has many other effects on your health. The hot and humid climates produced from global warming, increase flea and mosquito populations, which are prime transmitters of disease. Fleas and mosquitos have been the sole cause of deadly transmitted diseases such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease. Since fleas and mosquitos are flying creatures, deadly airborne viruses spread quickly.

With warmer temperatures, there also is a higher chance of storms. When there are storms, there is more rainfall. With more rainfall, there is a higher chance of water contamination and the spread of bacterial infection through the contaminated water. With water being used for so many things, it is absolutely essential for life to exist. Contaminated water means no drinking water, and humans need drinkable water to survive. Contaminated water can also affect the food supply as well because water grows our foods.

Aside from physical aspects, weather affects mental health as well. A study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America stated that a rise in temperature is associated in an increase of mental health issues. Another study published by Nature Climate Change found that a rise of 1 degree Celsius monthly meant an increase of suicide because the temperature affects the biological and chemical components in the body. On the other hand, too cold of temperatures increases depression cases. Studies have shown that during the months of January and February, more people report being depressed because these months are typically the coldest months of the year.

Rising temperatures are also associated with diseases like Type 2 diabetes. A study published by BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care stated the correlation between temperature and Type 2 diabetes. For every rise of 1 degree Celsius monthly, there was a 4% increase of people with Type 2 diabetes. That is more than 100,000 new diabetes cases per year. Type 2 diabetes is heavily caused by environmental factors, excess weight, and inactivity. Overall, temperatures that are far from the optimal temperature of 42.7 degrees Fahrenheit, result in a higher chance of inactivity which leads to many other diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and death.

Small changes in climate can even increase fatal car accidents. Researchers have found that temperatures above 84 degrees Fahrenheit impacts human behavior and causes police officers to conduct fewer traffic stops and patrols which can contribute to more unsafe driving conditions. Other officials, such as health officials, are less likely to conduct proper food safety inspections when temperatures are above 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Facilities located in warmer temperatures had more health violations as pathogens like E. coli and salmonella spread quickly and thrive in warmer weather.

Solution

Global warming creates a domino effect of conditions and events that lead to poor health and even death. While global warming is something that cannot be fixed overnight, measures need to be taken immediately. What makes global warming so difficult to eliminate is the fact that global warming involves everyone in the world, which is over one billion people. To get over one billion people on the same mission is not easy.

One of the main causes of global warming is fossil fuel emissions. These emissions come from things we rely on every day like transportation and factories that make products we want and need. While some companies have tried to create “green cars” to help dissolve the global warming problem, there are many cons to having these green cars, and not everyone is willing to convert to it. Despite the cons, the law should require everyone to convert to green cars because without significantly lessening emissions, Earth will be inhabitable.

Aside from cars and other modes of transportation, factories are another large source of emissions that are speeding up global warming. Factories are vital for mass production of products. This is important because there are high demands from having such a large world population. So, getting rid of factories entirely is not a solution, but creating ways for the factories to not emit such high levels of emissions is a solution. This would require technological advances to replace the current factory machinery.

Since the “everyday person” does not have the power to switch policies or create new technology, the one thing that people can do aside from using “green” modes of transportation is to stop polluting the Earth with trash. People consume so much trash and litter so much that the Earth’s ocean waters are contaminated. If there could be a way to dispose of trash without emitting so many harmful chemicals that aid global warming, that would be a huge advance. But, for the time being, we need to clean our oceans and stop littering.

If the world stays on the track it is on, Earth will be inhabitable and will undergo another “Big Bang” that would wipe out life on Earth. People must do their part and be more focused on taking care of the Earth in order to preserve life, our health, and future generations. People often do not realize something until it is too late, but due to the strong correlation between global warming and health, global warming cannot be overlooked anymore. Time is of the essence.

 

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