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Homeless and Elderly At Great Risk Due To Climate Change, Even In Winter!

Black Coral Inc Supports Homeless With Clothing Drive....

In recent years, U.S. death rates in winter months have been 10 to 15 percent higher than in non-winter months. Much of this increase relates to seasonal changes in behavior and the human body, as well as increased exposure to respiratory diseases such as Covid 19. Cold temperatures can also worsen pre-existing medical conditions such as cardiovascular and other respiratory diseases. For example, death rates from heart attacks increase as temperatures drop, likely due to the way cold affects blood circulation, blood vessels, and other factors. Even moderately cold days can increase the risk of death for many people. People exposed to extremely cold conditions can also suffer from direct effects such as frostbite and potentially deadly hypothermia, especially in places where people are not accustomed to cold temperatures.

Certain population groups face higher risks of cold-related illness or death. For example, occupational groups that work outdoors during winter months, such as agricultural workers, construction workers, and electricity and pipeline utility workers, face higher risks of exposure to cold. Others at risk include older adults, infants, people with pre-existing medical conditions, people taking medications or using drugs (especially alcohol) that make them more susceptible to cold effects, homeless people, and those with inadequate winter clothing or home heating. Organizations like Black Coral Inc. engage in annual clothing drives to help underserved communities like Homeless Veterans, The Elderly, Families in distress, indigenous and immigrant populations. Black Coral does this in the US Greater Boston Area and Central America in places like Roatan Honduras!

Over two million deaths and $4.3 trillion in economic losses; that's the impact of 50 years of extreme weather events turbo-charged by man-made global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Developing countries were hit hardest, seeing nine in ten deaths and 60 per cent of economic losses from climate shocks and extreme weather. Many places on the globe blame the Arctic and Antarctic warming as the cause of their extreme winter woes. Especially the Arctic, which is warming up to four times faster than the rest of the world as a result of heat-trapping pollution from burning fossil fuels. Scientists argue that this warming is triggering changes to the jet stream and polar vortex, causing more frequent winter extremes. On average, winters are getting warmer and shorter, with fewer places experiencing extremely cold temperatures. However, because the warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, blizzards are more likely to occur and be more severe in places where temperatures are still cold enough for snow.

According to the CDP (Center for Disaster Philanthropy) Organizations like Black Coral are essential because "Ice, snow and extreme cold events may not be the first things that come to mind when considering severe weather. However, they can be just as deadly as extreme heat. As with extreme heat, extreme cold has a variable definition depending on the location and acclimatization of the population to those temperatures. For example, people who live in a temperate state such as Florida may find 50 degrees chilly or cold, while those who live in colder states such as Minnesota may find 50 degrees to be comfortable or even warm. People who are unhoused or live in housing not built to withstand cold will face increasingly complex challenges to staying warm. But extreme temperatures are not the only risk; ice and snow can also cause significant damage."

Extreme cold can be deadly, particularly for people experiencing homelessness or who are financially unstable and unable to afford to pay utility bills. This is a particular challenge during times when inflation is ,High Soaring millennials is offering a Free Full page add to companies that donate more than 500 dollars in cash or merchandise valued at $1000 to our annual clothing drives we seek ,gloves socks, boots, jackets , winter coats scarves and all winter outer clothing donations! See link below to view back issues of HSM Magazine.


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