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Climate Change Will Bring Extreme Heat, High Ozone-Pollution to the Southeastern Part of the U.S.

May 22, 2017 05:38 PM EDT


The researchers predicted that global climate change will bring the more extreme temperature in the southeast of the United States. The extreme heat in the southeast will also bring more high-ozone pollution in the urban areas.

The global climate change is the trigger to the extreme heat in the southeast of the U.S., according to the research from Georgia State University. This extreme heat in the southeast will also increase the potential for the growth of tropical diseases by the mid-21st century.

The research of the extreme heat in the southeast was conducted by the associate professor of geography in the Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Jeremy Diem and his two colleagues. They are the associate professor of environmental health, as well as Dr. Christine Stauber and Regents’ Professor and associate dean for research and faculty in the School of Public Health, Dr. Richard Rothenberg.

Using the data from weather stations all across America, the scientists also analyze the global climate model. From the analysis, they found the extreme heat in the southeast will likely to occur and will have apparent temperatures like the present day South Florida with its tropical climate. The research has been published in the journal PLoS One.

The extreme heat in the southeast of America will also increase the high concentration of ozone in the urban areas. This will be a hazard to individuals with lung problems such as asthma, as well as the elderly. Moreover, the heat is a favorable condition for the growth of mosquitos, which are capable of transmitting the airborne viruses such as dengue.

Researchers suggested some measures, in order to reduce extreme heat in the southeast area of the U.S., thus reducing the health effect. Such measures are planting many trees extensively, implementing green and also cool roofing in the urban areas. Watch the report from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the climate change in the United States below:

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