Hotter and more humid temperatures prompted by climate change have reportedly caused a reduced labor capacity. Work losses totaling 10 percent have been caused global warming during specific times of the year, a new US government study claims.
An increase in Earth’s hot and wet climate due to climate change has allegedly cut the amount of work individuals can accomplish during warmer times of the year, the Guardian reports. The “absolute” humidity created due to the fact that warmer air holds moisture more than cooler air is supposedly the culprit for increased stress and reduced work hours.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists utilized both industrial and military heat stress guidelines during the recent study, the Huffington Post notes. The established guidelines were compared to climate projections estimated to occur during next century.
NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory researcher John Dunne had this to say about climate change and reduced labor capacity:
“We project that heat stress related labor capacity losses will double globally by 2050 with a warming climate.”
According to the scientific study, work capacity is presently down to 90 percent during hot and humid months. The researchers estimate labor capability could drop down another ten percent in about another 40 years. The dire predictions noted in the climate change study include an “all but eliminated” work force in the lower Mississippi Valley and the majority of America east of the Rocky Mountains.
The heat stress projected by 2050 due to global warming would surpass anything workers experience today, according to the weather study. Should the temperature and humidity predictions come to pass, heat stress in New York City would allegedly exceed what Bahrain experiences today.
The climate change study also maintains that potentially dangerous overheating could occur when people were merely sleeping and not engaging in any type of work activity at all.
Do you believe the climate change predictions could cause such dire heat stress?
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