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HEATWAVES SLOWING AND LASTING LONGER: SIMPLIFIER



  Jun 01, 2024

HEATWAVES SLOWING AND LASTING LONGER: SIMPLIFIER



WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Heatwaves around the world are moving slower and lasting longer compared to previous decades. This change has significant impacts on human health, agriculture, and the environment.

WHY ARE HEATWAVES SLOWING DOWN AND LASTING LONGER?

Scientists found that the jet stream, a fast and narrow air current in the upper atmosphere, has become weaker. This weakening causes atmospheric waves to move more slowly, resulting in prolonged and sluggish heatwaves.

HOW DO HEATWAVES IMPACT US?

Health Risks: Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can cause health issues, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Wildfires: Increased risk of wildfires due to extended dry and hot conditions.

Agriculture: Damage to crops and reduced agricultural productivity.

Infrastructure: Strain on energy and water resources, impacting daily life.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MITIGATE THESE IMPACTS?

Plant More Trees: Increase green infrastructure in urban areas to provide shade and cool the environment.

Climate Adaptation Strategies: Develop and implement strategies to adapt to changing climate conditions.

Monitor and Predict: Improve monitoring and prediction of heatwaves to better prepare and respond.

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Address human activities that contribute to climate change, such as reducing emissions from industries and transportation.


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