Researchers discovered that climate change is causing extreme cold winters. It could sound unusual but is true. In the past few years, the winters were very cold in the United States and the United Kingdom. Moreover, scientists are expecting the situation to get worse in the future.
We already know that climate change is a big threat to our planet. Even though many would connect global warming with high temperatures, this is not always true. The effects on our planet are more dangerous than we could have ever thought. We must take into consideration that future generations will a lot to suffer due to our actions. It is too late to prevent climate change from happening. The best thing we can do is to reduce the damages.
The extremely cold winters are happening due to the jet stream being affected. It seems that researchers believe that the jet stream’s position is responsible for the severe winters in the United States. The jet stream is made of very strong winds which are able to move weather systems around the globe. Its position depends on the natural movements. The tropical air masses and polar air masses cause jet streams.
This discovery could help researchers predict the changes that will come due to global warming. However, Americans should expect extreme cold winters. They also should be prepared for very hot summers. This changes will affect our health too. People who are not used to cold temperatures, for example, could suffer a lot.
People with heart issues are more exposed due to extreme cold weather. This happens because the body works harder to make more heat when it is cold. Those who are at risk should keep warm all the time. The biggest issue due to cold weather is hypothermia. The body temperature falls. People will feel shivering, numb extremities and reduced dexterity. The best thing you can do is to put more clothes and go indoors. Most of the cases, people with hypothermia need medical care.
The extreme cold weather will be a huge threat to the United States. Health officials should be prepared for a lot of cases of hypothermia during the winter. The biggest issue will be for the homeless people, who will need to find a shelter during the extreme cold weather.
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