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TolunaTeamEN

  15 months ago

Will the world become 'too hot for humans'?
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Millions of people around the world could begin to suffer from 'heat stress,' and those who are living in developing countries, indoor and outdoor workers are all concerned. With global temperatures showing no sign of slowing down, therefore exposure to days with hazardous levels of heat and more intense humidity, causing conditions which could potentially be "too hot for humans" to withstand.

What exactly is heat stress? It's a heat illness when the body can no longer cool down properly and efficiently, causing the body's core temperature to continue rising to dangerous levels. When the evaporation of sweat on the skin is severely impacted by humidity levels, key organs can start to shut down, meaning that the main technique for getting rid of excess heat is prevented.

The UK's Met Office Professor, Richard Betts, added that: "We humans evolved to live in a particular range of temperatures, so it's clear that if we continue to cause temperatures to rise worldwide, sooner or later the hottest parts of the world could start to see conditions that are simply too hot for us."

If greenhouse gases are not cut, the risks could increase and as many as 1.2 billion people could be concerned by 2100. There are currently already cases of heat stress which are aggravated by extreme heat conditions and wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in hospitals which don't use air conditioning for health and safety reasons.

For an emergency medic, he's working in the suffocating heat of Singapore's tropical climate to treat Covid-19 patients. Dr Lee added that the conditions are making him and his colleagues "more irritable, more short with each other." However, it's not just medics who are struck by this, but farmers and construction workers too.

Regardless of the person or the profession, the dangers remain the same and more vital in some cases, like the medical staff whose decision-making abilities would lose their sharpness in intense heat or factory workers who continue to work until they collapse.

Do you worry that your life or job occupation will be adversely impacted by these conditions in the future?

Have you ever suffered from a heat-related illness, like heat stroke?

Would you say enough is being done to counteract the effects of global warming and climate change?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team
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bertiebarnes

  14 months ago
No, humans have always been able to adapt to the climate because we are resilient and of the Earth.
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Susie246

  14 months ago
Yes, however I do recall some scientists saying the weather system on the planet may tip the opposite way and we'll end up in another ice age.
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AJLAWSON

  14 months ago
Yes possibly in hundreds of years, however we will begin to evolve as a species to live in our surroundings.
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onlineandy70

  14 months ago
Yes it will, probably in a few years from now.
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cassian_dorel

  14 months ago
Still Sumer for a couple of monte.
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xdarkmanatee

  14 months ago
Yep
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curlybadboy

  14 months ago
Eventually yes
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Muse657

  14 months ago
Yes in many years to come though
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JanineBurke

  14 months ago
eventually
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333521920400283

  14 months ago
yes
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