6 Surprising Ways Climate Change Is Already Making Your Life Worse
We all know the general pattern of climate change: higher temperatures, melting ice caps, rising sea levels.
But climate change encompasses the entire planet and, as such, it encompasses the various aspects of our lives as well. Every day is affected by the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the ongoing breakdown of global ecology.
Many of these impacts are well-known.
For many elderly people, it’s no longer feasible to live without an air conditioner as temperatures rise. These same heat waves are making it harder to work in outdoor professions such as agriculture and construction. They’re also accelerating ice melt in the polar regions: dumping billions of gallons of water into the ocean, where it sloshes and spills over coastlines, filling streets with seawater. As many people are finding out, you can’t live in the ocean. You also can’t live in areas devastated by droughts and wildfires.
From whatever angle you take, climate change seems to be shrinking our capacity to live, removing freedoms that we once took for granted. But many of its effects are more subtle, gradually slipping into and disrupting our day-to-day lives.
Here are six surprising ways that climate change is making your life worse right now.
1. Worse Sleep
Roughly 62% of people worldwide feel that they don’t sleep well at night, according to a 2019 survey by Philips Global Sleep Survey. And that was before the pandemic.
2. More Intense Allergies
Every spring, waves of pollen cause itchy eyes and clogged noses. Now that climate change is making the allergy season longer, people everywhere will have to contend with more intense allergies. Add to that worsening air pollution and pervasive plastic particles, and suddenly taking a breath of fresh air becomes a thing of the past.
3. Fewer Food Options
4. Higher Rent
5. Fewer Places to Swim
6. Worse Traffic
Climate change is removing freedoms we once took for granted.
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