How global warming hurts job growth

So maybe you’re not an environmentalist. That’s OK. Maybe, despite the overwhelming evidence for global warming, you’re still not a believer. Maybe you think there are more pressing issues that need to be addressed. Like the economy, and the unemployment rate. Well — turns out all of these issues are intertwined.

Over the past sixty years, Earth’s steadily warming climate has cut into the amount of physical labor being performed by nearly 10%. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that percentage could double by the year 2050. The less work being done, the fewer jobs that will be available. Global warming represents a clear danger to the blue collar working class, also known as the 99%. The 1% of CEOs may feel a slight pinch in their pockets from a dip in the stock market. But they won’t lose their jobs. They won’t have to figure out how to feed their families. They’ll be OK.

As for the rest of the world, warmer air in the atmosphere holds more moisture for longer. Just ask anyone who’s ever visited the state of Florida, and they’ll tell you that humidity is nothing to be fooled with. It creates a stressful work environment and forces supervisors to reel in on hours and man power.

If Earth’s average temperature rises 6C, summer work will be nearly impossible. From New York harbor to the coast of California, workers will be forced to endure heat “beyond anything experienced in the world today”, said John Dunne, a representative of the NOAA. According to Dunne’s predictions, New York would become like Saudi Arabia. The only way to keep this from happening is to limit global warming to less than 3C.

Hover, the Earth has warmed by approximately 0.7C annually since the rise of industrial manufacturing. If things continue at this rate, Dunne’s worst case scenario may just come true.

The west coast of the United States and northern Europe will likely be two of the regions most affected by the rise in humidity. During a 2003 heatwave, 70,000 Europeans died from heat exhaustion. That was ten years ago. Imagine the damage the next heat wave will do.

If we want to follow Dunne’s advice and keep global warming to a minimum over the next four decades, we’re going to have to come up with alternative energy sources. Oil and carbon emitting fuels got us into this mess. Do we really think they’re going to get us out?

Cutting down won’t cut it. (Pun intended) With the rate of warmth growing exponentially, drastic measures are needed to turn our infrastructure upside down, before it’s too late, and it’s too hot to work towards a solution. Companies like NRGLab have dedicated themselves to developing practical energy alternatives. Join them in their effort to save the world, one SH-box at a time.

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