Millions of People Will Be Exposed to Health Threatening Heat by 2050

 

 

Over the next quarter century, one of the biggest threats to the health of humans on Earth is predicted to be extreme heat. The ever-growing problem of climate change is only predicted to get worse if the amount of carbon emissions rises over the next 25 years.

Despite alternative power sources increasing, the reliance on fossil fuels, particularly in growing countries around the world sees no abatement soon. The result is that more people will be put in danger because they lack the ability to get out of the extreme heat conditions.

A recent study from the ICC Climate center predicts that at least 25 million people in disadvantaged communities across the US will be exposed to the dangers of extreme heat. This assumes that carbon emissions remain moderate over that time.

However, if the amount of carbon emissions increases considerably, the number could go as high as 53 million people in danger. Currently, there are 8 million people who are exposed, many of whom live in California. Communities that are currently struggling with pollution combined with a lack of proper investment means that their numbers could grow considerably.

Dangers of Rising Heat

While communities that are in hot areas today are at risk, the real danger is that the heat will creep into areas that are considerably cooler. The lack of preparation means that they could suffer to a greater degree if the heat rises.

Because in cooler areas, they lack the proper air conditioning and mental conditioning that people in hotter areas currently experience. In other words, people who are less prepared for rises in temperatures may be in greater danger compared to those who live in even hotter areas today. But there are other risk factors as well.

  • Average Age of Population
  • Pre-existing Health Conditions
  • Lack of Tree Canopies
  • Insufficient Infrastructure

People who are older and suffer from medical conditions are more vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat. This means more medical emergencies and even shorter lifespans in extreme cases

The lack of tree canopies means fewer places to find relief from the heat when outdoors. While many communities do have trees, industrial areas and many disadvantaged communities have fewer trees on average. 

Proper infrastructure is more than just having air conditioners either in the home, at work, or at designated relief centers. It has the electrical capacity and a robust grid that makes it all work. Many communities, especially those in cooler areas today simply do not have the capacity to handle the increased electrical load.

For Californians, this means while those in the southern part of the state may suffer from greater temperatures, the real danger is for those in the northern part where they are not used to the heat and lack proper resources and infrastructure.

The effects of extreme heat are only predicted to grow over time. The sooner that changes can be made, the better prepared people will be when the time comes.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental includes the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

 

2023 was the hottest year on record, with extremely warm temperatures that started in the spring and stretched into the fall across the US, experts say that 2024 may be even hotter due to climate change. It is important to have the right resources to help you get through what may be a hotter than normal summer.

Cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix have funded new plans to help deal with the potential extreme heat. Some plans include providing resources to its citizens along with combating the urban heat island effect.

What Resources are Available?

Despite the proximity to the ocean, in San Diego the urban heating effect combined with relatively few days with clouds and storms means that the extreme heat could build significantly over the year. The resources that are being used across the southern regions of the US start with the efforts to directly reduce the heat island effect created by pavement, specifically asphalt. Such efforts include the following:

  • Planting More Trees
  • Using Cool Pavement Treatments
  • Creating More Green Spaces

There are also resources that people living in the city can use, starting with the designated cool zones found in public buildings such as libraries, malls, and other designated buildings. Because extreme heat can have debilitating effects, those who are most vulnerable like seniors, people with disabilities, and pets should stay outdoors as much as possible.

In San Diego, the city has created an Urban Heat Vulnerability Index that addresses how at risk the communities are within the city boundaries. This includes use of land, social, and health factors. Data collection campaigns are currently being run to better determine how extreme heat affects specific areas.

What Can You Do to Combat Extreme Heat?

For residents of San Diego, preparing early is extremely beneficial. The heat can start as early as late spring and stretch into the fall. The more you do today, the better off you will be tomorrow. 

  • Use Electric Fans to Circulate Cool Air and Reduce Strain on Your Air Conditioner
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Avoid Beverages with Caffeine,  Alcohol, and Sugar
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Wear a Hat Outdoors and Minimize Your Exposure to the Sun
  • Understand the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.