According to hundreds of thousands of scientists, research bodies, and global indicators, our climate is changing at a rapid rate. It is something that many of us have a hard time seeing in our day-to-day lives. Something that many of us chalk up to a freak event, a strange spring, or just a result of essential development.
However, many of the negative impacts that we see are at least partially the result of climatic changes. Wildfire season may be normal, but the size and scale of the fires are influenced in part by a hotter climate. Likewise, it may be normal to have the occasional wet spring but some of those torrential downpours were fueled by more water evaporating off the ocean.
The land and environmental impacts are not the only tolls of climate change though. The individual health of people is also altered by the climatic conditions we live in. And not all people are subject to the same living conditions, meaning that certain populations are most certainly going to be more negatively impacted by climate change than others.
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As global temperatures rise, sea levels have also begun to climb, resulting in disastrous flooding that has devastated and displaced communities around the world. Unfortunately, sea levels will only grow higher in the coming years—temperature increases are likely to continue due to climate change and will rapidly melt glaciers. In this likely scenario, it won’t just be a few people underwater—sea levels could negatively affect more than 100 million people, equaling about one-third of the US population. Sea levels are expected to rise 8-34 inches by 2100, and flooding could make current coastal areas uninhabitable within the next century.
For more information about how sea levels could displace millions and cost the global economy trillions, check out this infographic from the Safety Management Program at Eastern Kentucky University Online.
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Whether your company’s office resides in a hurricane evacuation zone or not, weather is unpredictable. Hurricane preparedness is essential to protect your employees, important documents, furniture, computers and other electronics, and building. A clear plan that outlines specific tasks for designated employees and department heads–plus training to ensure everyone knows who’s in charge of what—can help your company stay level headed during a frightening time. A disaster supply kit, with everything from cleaning supplies and flashlights to non-perishable foods and eating utensils, will offer comfort and safety should a hurricane turn for the worse. Follow the tips and guidelines below to prepare your office safety plan and supplies in the event of a hurricane.
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“Forest fires can often start in the most innocuous of circumstances, sometimes from a casually discarded item which sets one tree alight and subsequently spreads to cover an enormous area. They are also triggered by weather conditions such as unseasonable heat and high winds, a combination of which can lead to entire forests being engulfed within hours. Not only do these disasters cause devastation to land and forestry; they can also claim hundreds of innocent lives, not least those of courageous firefighters who give their lives trying to save others.”
Find out which have been the deadliest forest fires of all time with the infographic below:
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