Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Near Term Effects Of Climate Change

Human beings have a tendency to ignore the long term effects of almost everything.  The most effective thing that was done to reduce cigarette smoking in the US was an increase in the tax which had an immediate effect on the market by making it more expensive to smoke.  There is a lot of resistance to measures that would reduce carbon emissions for a similar reason.  Most of the catastrophic effects are projected to occur in the long term.  The first six months of 2016 were hottest months in our recorded history.  This article describes the relationship between the rise in temperatures this year and changes in human behavior associated with heat waves.   People are less productive at work and in school and there is a dramatic increase in violence.  We are not well adapted to the temperature changes that we are observing right now.  Global warming is having an impact on human behavior and our environment today.

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