Climate changes and extreme weather and how they impact on our health

Climate Changes:

Climate means the usual condition of the temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind, rainfall, and other meteorological elements in an area of the Earth's surface for a long time. In simple terms climate is the average condition for about thirty years.

Changes in the climate affect the air we breathe both indoors and outdoors. Warmer temperatures and shifting weather patterns can worsen air quality, which can lead to asthma attacks and other respiratory health effects.

People in developing countries may be the most vulnerable to health risks globally, but climate change poses significant threats to health even in wealthy nations such as the United States. Certain populations, such as children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with low incomes, face increased risks.

Extreme Weather:

Extreme weather includes unexpected, unusual, severe, or unseasonal weather.

The most most common extreme weather are:

Tornado: clouds, strong wind, rain, hail.

Hurricane or cyclone: strong wind, heavy rain.

Blizzard: heavy snow, ice, cold temperatures.

Dust storm: strong winds, arid conditions.

Flood: heavy rainfall.

Hail storm: cold or warm temperatures, rain, ice.

Ice storm: freezing rain

I have only experienced some mild flooding and a hailstorm out of these extreme weathers. Once on holiday in Italy there was a very heavy thunderstorm. It made me feel scared and anxious.

The impacts of climate change include warming temperatures, changes in precipitation, increases in the frequency or intensity of some extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. These impacts threaten our health by affecting the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the weather we experience.

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