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Americans increasingly worried about the future of climate

Climate change and extreme weather events will threaten younger generations more than previous generations. Climate research says these climate changes will result in unequal intergenerational exposure to extreme weather. However, a new survey shows that older generations are wrongly accused of being less climate-conscious than younger generations.

According to a new poll of 13-29-year-olds, most young Americans remain optimistic that the worst long-term effects of climate change are still preventable. However, many point to a variety of ways. It appears that climate change will affect their future personal lives. Younger generations are more concerned about. In contrast, the idea that older people downplay climate issues and refuse to act is a common myth, a new study shows.

Unsurprisingly, polls show that young people are particularly concerned about global warming. Past research, he added, shows that younger people tend to report higher levels of anxiety about climate change than their older peers.

Nevertheless, he believes “it does not necessarily correspond to the numbers about whether they think it will affect aspects of their lives.”

As a scientist who works closely with environmentally conscious students examining the younger generation’s attitudes. Ray thinks more respondents believe that climate change will affect the categories of personal choice established in the survey.

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The study found that only those under 40 would see the effects of cutting emissions now.

At the same time, those older would die before experiencing complete climate change. The study combined life expectancy data from different countries to examine how younger generations will face increasing global warming and extreme events. These climate models predict extreme weather events and future temperature trajectories. Based on current climate policy commitments, the study estimates that children born in 2020 will experience extreme weather, especially heat waves, two to seven times more than those born in 1960.

On average, children born in 2020 suffered twice as many fires, 2.8 times as many floods, 2.6 times as many droughts, and about 60 times as many crop failures compared to children born 60 years ago.

Climate climatologist Wim Thierry of the Université Libre de Bruxelles explained that there is an expected generational difference in global greenhouse gas emissions in Belgium. Although, even as a climate scientist, he is well aware of the dangers of rising temperatures, “as a person, as a parent, seeing these numbers is a big punch,” he said. Liz Van Susteren, a general forensic psychiatrist who studies how climate change affects young people’s mental health, told ABC News that older generations also have a responsibility to promote and encourage young people’s planetary goals.

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Experts say young people do not need to dedicate their entire lives to climate action to contribute to protecting the environment.

Listening and offering opportunities for active participation is one-way adults can help young people cope and develop a sense of effectiveness and ability to cope with crises and adapt to climate impacts. Young activists are often at the forefront of the climate debate. Like those of Greta Thunberg and the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led political organization calling for greater attention to climate change, their voices are among the most visible in global discussions about climate action. Compared to older adults, Generation Z and millennials are more vocal about the need to tackle climate change.

Among social media users, Gen Z sees more climate change content online.

Still, they are doing more to get involved in this issue through activities such as volunteering and participating in rallies and protests. In addition, the gap between Republican and Democratic views on global warming is smaller among millennials than among older generations, indicating less political polarization on the issue among American youth.

For example, younger generations are more likely than older generations to consider global warming vital to them and express a willingness to engage in climate action (e.g., contacting government officials about global warming). We found that a relatively equal proportion of registered voters across generations said global warming was “significant” to their voting decisions.

Global warming is “significant”

However, younger generations ranked global warming as a voting priority compared to previous generations. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans are generally less likely than people in other countries to express concerns about climate change (though U.S. millennials and Gen Zers say they are more interested in supporting climate activists and taking action than other generations).

A new national Pew Research Center poll showed that 13,749 American adults, including 912 Gen Z, say climate change mitigation efforts should be a priority today to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations. Fewer (34%) say climate change should not be a priority, given that Americans face other significant challenges. The people most concerned about climate change say they protect environmental quality for future generations (89%). Some suggestions are to set the United States to be carbon-neutral as quickly as possible and make sure proposals help low-carbon communities.

While America’s younger adults may be more concerned about climate than older adults, it is unclear how they are involved in the issue.

Climate change is bringing pain, anger, and other negative emotions to children and young people worldwide, according to a survey of thousands of young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Endless articles and analyses paint a stark generation gap in conservation and activism. If only the elderly stop holding back, a new group of young people will be on the way to leading change.

Still, about 59 percent of Americans are “alarmed” or “worried” about climate change and are generally becoming more committed and supportive of policies to reduce pollution from global warming. About six in ten Americans (59%) are alarmed or worried, and only about 2 in 10 (19%) are doubtful or despised. However, other polls show that most Americans, including members of Congress, vastly underestimate the percentage of the public who are anxious or concerned.

Forty-three percent of Americans believe global warming will pose a severe threat to themselves or their way of life during their lifetime. Americans in the alert category firmly believe that global warming is man-made, a direct threat, and strongly advocate finding solutions through climate policy. People fall into the “alert” category if their survey responses indicate that they are very concerned about climate change: people who fully believe in the reality of global warming.

A third of Americans say that international actions to combat climate change, such as the Paris climate accord, will hurt the economy.

About a third say those actions will benefit, and about a third say they will not affect.

Americans are much closer to the rest of the world in evaluating the EU, the UN, and China concerning their actions to combat climate change. Nevertheless, unfortunately, the Worried and Cautious still do not fully grasp the threat of climate change or the urgency of climate change action, even as global warming is already hurting communities across America, including ever-changing weather patterns and economic disasters.

Public concern about global warming—the percentage of very or relatively concerned people—is over 50% among most major demographic subgroups of Americans. Most Americans now say they are “worried” or “alarmed” about climate change, with the number “alarmed” in the past five years, according to a Yale study. A new report has found that the climate crisis has alarmed many Americans.

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Anthony Leiserowitz is the head of Yale University’s Climate Change Outreach Program, polling climate opinion for the past 14 years. Leiserowitz noted that the “surprisingly large jump” among respondents expressing global warming anxiety in recent months reflects an equally marked increase in the proportion of Americans. These people believe that climate change is affecting the climate, harming people, and experiencing the consequences themselves.

The numbers don’t lie

The questionnaire included broad and in-depth measurements of the public’s beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, political preferences, behaviors, barriers to action, motivations, and values ​​related to climate change. The data is part of the American Mind Survey on Climate Change, a nationally representative survey of public opinion on climate change in the United States conducted by the Yale University Climate Change Communication Program and George Mason University’s Center for Change Communication.

The Yale Climate Poll Map is an interactive tool that shows Americans’ perceptions, risk perceptions, and political support for climate change by state, congressional district, metropolitan area, or county, based on data collected in the biennial YPCCC poll.

In addition, the 2018 Partisan Climate Opinion Map contains data showing how Republicans and Democrats view climate and energy differently across all 50 states and 435 congressional districts.

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The effects of climate change on human health

We all need a healthy environment to lead healthy lives. Human beings need a regulated warm temperature, clean water and air, as well as a roof to protect us from the unpredictable weather and from predators that could be lurking. 

From the beginning of time, people have always needed shelter, clothing, food, water and many things to be safe and. However, with people needing more and more things such as cars that need to burn fuel, or air conditioners, heating systems, drying machines, etc. We have also caused a strain on the planet in the name of being “comfortable”. 

As everything on this planet is connected, the effects on climate also affect us. Here we are going to find out how everything is interconnected and how global warming and changing climate conditions, are going to have different consequences on our lifestyles if we do not stop it sooner. 

Environmental consequences of climate change, such as extreme heat waves, rising sea-levels, changes in precipitation resulting in flooding and droughts, intense hurricanes, and degraded air quality, affect directly and indirectly the physical, social, and psychological health of humans.

Extreme weather

First of all, extreme weather conditions are a result of rising greenhouse gas emissions. These promote that the temperatures remain inside the atmosphere, eventually contributing to the elevated temperatures. As a consequence, loss of internal temperature control can result in a cascade of illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and hyperthermia in the presence of extreme heat, and hypothermia and frostbite in the presence of extreme cold.

Extreme temperature conditions can make other diseases or conditions worse, for example, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes-related conditions. 

Although warmer weather could have short term benefits for some world regions, such as fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increased food production in certain areas, some parts of the world would suffer from the cold and extreme. 

Water 

The rainfall patterns are changing, making floods in certain regions and droughts in others, affecting the whole ecosystem. With these new patterns, crops are affected either by not enough water or by an excess of it, drowning or damaging entire crops at a time with a devasting flood or hurricane. 

What is more, children and the elderly, specially living in poor or developing countries, and people living in small island developing states and other coastal regions, megacities, and mountainous and polar regions are particularly vulnerable.

Altered rain patterns also affect water-borne diseases and diseases transmitted through insects, snails or other cold-blooded animals. Diseases such as Malaria or dengue, which are transmitted by mosquitoes, are vector-borne diseases. This means that they are illnesses that are transmitted by vectors, which include mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Vectors can carry infective pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoa, which can be transferred from one host to another. The seasonality, distribution, and prevalence of vector-borne diseases are influenced significantly by climate factors, primarily high and low temperature extremes and precipitation patterns.

And as we have previously seen, viruses or pathogens who were sensitive to high temperatures, are evolving and becoming more resistant due to rising global temperatures, eventually acquiring the abilities to hurt us and evade all of our most effective mechanisms of defense.

Supply of resources

It is clear that while we continue to allow the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, pollution, among others, our resources are being drained. Water is polluted and clean water supplies are running low, the air is also highly contaminated and dangerous, the soil is starting to erode and crops are suffering from plagues and extreme weather conditions. 

But we all have the power to do something about it. What this means, is that most of mankind is limited to a short-term view. What many people want are sports cars and big houses no matter the cost. But what we fail to see most of the time, is that if we continue to search for the advantages we can get in a short amount of time, we are underestimating the negative consequences that it will bring on us in the long term. 

For example, there is no reasonable argument to support a 40 minute bath, when in just a few more years, we will not have enough water to drink, let alone shower. Our behavior must evolve as well, into a sustainable way of living. To act thinking of our future and the next generations future. 

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Sustainability doesn’t have to be a burden, but only a matter of not letting ourselves think only of our own wellbeing and start caring about a common good. It is important not to mistake being “comfortable” with being wasteful. Since comfort includes a welfare that accompanies us for the rest of our lives, while wasteful usually means that there is a careless use of resources, eventually wiping out both economic and natural resources we may have. 

Understanding the potential negative effects climate change have on our health and wellbeing can help us change our lifestyles and take care of the only planet and only resources we have. When we see the big picture and the role we all play in this ecosystem, then we will be able to start playing the part and working towards a better future.

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Climate change and Coronavirus: two sides of the same coin

So far, three months into the new year, Coronavirus has become a threat and it is having effects not only in public health, but economics and the environment. Just as in any system, when one thing changes, it has a ripple effect and many other things do, too.

But this situation did not start with coronavirus, rather the opposite. The disease COVID-19 is one of the effects that climate change has caused, and many more viruses or unknown illnesses could be waiting and lying underneath the surface. 

Although there is no evidence yet to this statement, it is certain that climate change has aided to the massive spread of the virus and that there is a strong relation between climate and infectious diseases. 

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Warmer weather, warmer bodies 

First of all, the planet is warmer now than it was ten years ago. Only in 2019, the global temperature rose 1,1°C degrees. And last January currently holds the record for being the hottest first month since 2016. With Antarctica reaching 20 degrees Celsius for the first time in history, we probably still have a lot more to expect.

Since 1992, there have been many studies stating a number of ways climate change could lead to the spread of infectious disease. Scientists who study infectious disease are not surprised the COVID-19 appeared and spread as quickly as it is doing, they had long foreseen that warmer weather conditions could help different viruses and pathogens spread easier, but their knowledge has been accelerated with recent events and they are learning in real time. 

This particular virus came from bats, animals with body temperatures higher than those of human bodies, around 40.5 degrees Celsius. So, bats normally carry a lot of pathogens without normally suffering from them. 

Now, our bodies are disease-fighting machines, and when a pathogen enters our body, a fever starts to arise to fight off the intruder. Fevers fire up the immune system and the environment created within our body is harsh for pathogens to survive. 

However, as we experience higher temperatures, viruses and pathogens are better equipped to resist the high temperature of the human bodies. With that, one of our main defense mechanisms loses its effectiveness. 

Deforestation crisis 

Another important climate-related factor that could have led to the pandemic we are facing, is deforestation. As many areas of trees are being cut to boost urbanization, the animals that inhabited those spaces, are left without a home. 

“So, it’s, specific conditions like, de-forestation or increase of urbanization or agriculture, that put people closer to wildlife and that makes us more at risk or more exposed to these viruses that are natural in wildlife.“ (Luis Escobar, disease ecologist at Virginia Tech)

Escobar published a paper this week in the journal, EcoHealth that found that the response to this current Coronavirus has actually been faster than in previous outbreaks. A scientist at UNAM, Gustavo Cruz, has applied a statistic model to show how fast a disease spreads during its initial period. 

To compare and contrast, the H1N1 flu virus pandemic back in 2009, had a basic reproductive number(R0), or number of people one carrier could pass the virus along, was of 1.7, while the coronavirus has been said to have a R0 of 2.5. 

Pathogens had coexisted with their animal hosts for millions of years, but now, all the climate effects are making it easier for viruses to hurt humans in a global scale. 

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Globalization. Hope or threat? 

While the global interconnection we have has helped the virus to become a pandemic, with people travelling on cruise ships and airplanes carrying the pathogen, it has also affected the economy worldwide. 

When China shut down their walls, they also shut down companies from all over the globe, affecting countries from their production of goods and services to their oil supply. Markets have taken a hard hit and a recession has been predicted. 

We don’t know yet the extent of the crisis, the origin of the disease was unknown and now it has grown exponentially. On the other hand, the same globalization can help us contain the virus and learn from it. 

This means that, scientists from every research facility in the world are studying the virus and working on a cure. What is more, we can prevent from repeating the massive spread like China and Italy, since we have seen that quarantines work and shutting international travels. 

Finally, this pandemic can teach us a very valuable lesson that can help us reduce climate change and its terrible effects. The virus is prompting us to change our habits in ways that could make a longer-term contribution to climate protection, actions like working from home, video conferencing, working shorter weeks or staggering office hours to reduce traffic.

The CO2 emissions in China have dropped dramatically by 25%, something unprecedented. 

We can decide to take this as a lesson that the more we damage the environment, the harsher our living conditions will be, but if w use the tools globalization has given us and change our working habits, lifestyles and mentality, we might have a better chance of surviving. 

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5 tips to improve your health and the environment

When it comes to changing our lifestyles to have healthier habits, many of us go from trying to exercise more often, to going on a diet or even waking up earlier. However, turning or life around to become more sustainable people does not sound so appealing, as it appears to be more of a sacrifice than a change with many benefits for us. 

With these simple tips, we are going to show you that having a sustainable lifestyle is both easy and has many benefits for us and our health. 

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Have you ever thought that eating meat every day is boring? Steaks and pork can eventually have a negative impact on our bodies due to their high amounts of fat and cholesterol. If we think of a regular diet, the nutritionist almost always begins by cutting down our red meat intake, just for health reasons. 

The great thing is that this is also beneficial for the planet, reducing -not eliminating- the number of times we eat meat also cuts dramatically our carbon footprint. Besides, you are not limiting your options of food, you are widening them.

Nowadays, there are more and more recipes that play with many colorful ingredients such as veggies, fruits, seeds and more, creating a whole new range of flavors just waiting to be experienced by us. And many health experts have said that there are countless advantages to having a more plan-based diet, and there is proof we do not need to get all our protein from animals. 

For recipe ideas you can follow the #MeatlessMondays and join thousands of people sharing their ideas of just one day without meat.

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Transportation fun

Another great part of our health comes from exercising and what better way to do it than by helping the environment?

 An easy way to get your workout done is by leaving the car behind and walk to work, school or wherever you need to be. If walking is unavailable, you can always ride a bike or rent one from one of the mobility apps that are available in your city. It’s like killing two birds with one stone! 

A huge way to reduce carbon emissions is to avoid vehicles entirely, but we understand that sometimes you just need a car to get from one point to another. That doesn’t have to mean you always need to own a car, though, you can use one of the many services for car sharing. And if you are travelling, there is no better way to getting to know the place than by walking its streets, riding a bike or travelling by train. You’ll never miss one of those incredible landscapes again. 

Say hello to the thermos world 

Water bottles are so out of style now. The trendiest things are thermos, with every single design, material, brand, etc. available for every taste. So stop buying plastic bottles and straws! 

With your own reusable thermos or bottle, you’ll be able to save money since bottled water is more expensive, you will help the planet and you will see how the habit of carrying your own drink inspires other people to do the same. By adding a filter to your kitchen sink or getting a separate water filter, you can have a continuous supply of drinking water at home without having to stock up on plastic bottles.

Finally, another advantage is that you’ll drink more water which is good for your health and you will eventually stop buying other bottled beverages such as soda or juice, which are also bad for your body. 

Consume seasonally

Did you know that fruits and vegetables are seasonal? The benefit of consuming the local products and in their season is that they are richer in flavor, vitamins and properties; they are cheaper, and you avoid fruits genetically modified to last all year long. 

The huge strain on the soil is the result of added chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides to produce vegetables or fruits that are not necessary from that season. However, if we change our consumer behavior, the demand for everlasting fruits and veggies will drop and the need to produce them will stop as well. 

Finally, do your shopping thoughtfully, bring your own grocery bags to avoid the plastic or paper bags they have in supermarkets, you certainly do not need a tiny plastic bag for every apple in your cart. Start off by purchasing reusable containers (aluminum is best) to pack your food in. Or opt for beeswax-based products that sustainably store food, are easy to wash, and are even reusable.

Have more plants! 

Did you know that having more plants in you home can reduce your levels of stress and anxiety? 

Having a calm environment where you feel safe and happy is always good for both our physical and mental wellbeing. And plants also have the effect of purifying the air around you, releasing it from toxins and bad smells. 

Gardening is a very relaxing hobby and it has benefits for the planet as well. Since many of us do not have a big yard to plant many trees, we can help with many plants that also create oxygen and absorb CO2. 

All in all, the benefits of taking care of one aspect of our life impacts on others. Helping our bodies and minds doesn’t come separate from looking after the environment. And if we look at these things with the connection that they have, the easier that it will be for us to embrace them and change or lives.