“This study is new way of looking at how climate change affects people around the world world” said Nicole Wilcoxon, a spokesperson for Gallup. research director for in project. “While there are many factors that influence people’s well-being, this study shows that there are clear relationship between rising temperatures and drops in life evaluation.
Gallup global study shows how a lot of of the impact that heat It has on our lives, whether we realize it or not.
Over 15 years, Gallup polled 1.75 million people. people through 160 countries and asked them about their meaning of well-being. Using temperature data from NASA, the researchers studied extreme heat in 30 days before the respondents were interviewed and then compared this with their life assessment answers.
One extreme heat the day was tied with average health decrease of 0.56%.
“It is important set of results for managers should consider when evaluating impact of climate change,” Wilcoxon said. – I think, of focus on economic effect, attention on which of extreme weather power occur — but then what is the result of this and how are people will be affected?”
Report also noted people life in southernmost regions of many countries are on the rise risk of hot temperatures and related decline in well-being, including residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast as well as China, both of who have experienced at least 10 high-heat days in one month prior to the survey.
Researchers also associated warming and related disasters like from drought to major conflicts and food insecurity of who can promote people from poorer and hotter countries migrate to richer countries in cooler climate.
When Gallup explored the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam, for For example, they saw the ratings of life declined 11% between April 2015 and June 2016 – the time when region survived the worst drought in decades. How region dried uppenetration of salt water from rising sea levels have devastated their arable land, exacerbating food insecurity and causing losses on economic health of in region.
” [available] climate research shows what is clear risk for mass migration, social growing gaps and inequalities, potential food crises and more like what,” said Wilcoxon. – Although this study is not directly measure these things, we think it is clear meaning out of in [available] research shows that if welfare continues drop at the levels that we project, this can exacerbate these problems even more deep, or what is this piece of the riddle we are missing at the moment of what a human sacrifice.”
mental health in warmer future
While the report found wealth could fall another 17% over in next eight years, the researchers said the forecast does not take into account the world’s ability adapt to the climate crisis and recover from extreme heat.
Robbie Parks, environmental epidemiologist and new assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Climate, said the survey is effective way encourage decision makers to “pull the right levers” on climate action.
“Bye people understand that climate change is terrible in so many ways when people start to understand how it affects their daily life – and especially their health and well-being – I believe it really good stimulant of political motivation for action and change”, Parks, who does not participate with in research told CNN.
The World Meteorological Organization recently reported an extreme weather event happened every day on middle somewhere in in world over in last 50 years, fivefold increase in frequency over that period. And the polls helped illuminate how extreme weather environmental degradation affects mood. Gallup Poll earlier year found that only 39% of Americans are happy with quality of environment in United States.
“We have a lot to do build on here,” Wilcoxon said. – While we project that we will see a lot more high temperature days and extreme weather events looking at it and tracking it over time will be very important and key provide data that politicians and leaders need to help provide solutions for this is issue.”