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The dangers of industrial carbon pollution
Industrial carbon pollution is causing our climate to change in dangerous ways. It’s leading to stronger storms, more asthma attacks, and higher costs for business and government. It’s time to put reasonable limits on this pollution from major sources, like power plants. Join EDF's action network to fight climate change.
"Climate change leads to more asthma"
Heat … increases ground-level ozone concentrations, causing direct lung injury and increasing the severity of respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Climate change will affect air quality through several pathways including …pollen and mold spores and increases in regional ambient concentrations of ozone, fine particles, and dust. Some of these pollutants can directly cause respiratory disease or exacerbate respiratory disease in susceptible individuals.
Humidity and temperature also partly determine the formation of PM2.5. …These adverse health impacts intensify as temperatures rise.
Other airborne exposures are also likely to worsen with climate variability and change. Changes in the hydrologic cycle with increasingly variable precipitation and more frequent drought may also lead to a global increase of airborne dust, which… will trap ozone and other airborne pollutants near the ground causing exacerbations of respiratory disease.
….Drought, declining water quality, and increased temperatures contribute to the growth of harmful algal blooms that produce toxins that can be aerosolized and exacerbate asthma and respiratory diseases.
Pollen and other aeroallergen levels are higher in extreme heat. These can trigger asthma, which affects around 300 million people. Ongoing temperature increases are expected to increase this burden.
Source: World Health Organization
"Climate change leads to stronger storms"
Future projections based on theory and high-resolution dynamical models consistently indicate that greenhouse warming will cause the globally averaged intensity of tropical cyclones to shift towards stronger storms, with intensity increases of 2–11% by 2100. …Higher resolution modeling studies typically project substantial increases in the frequency of the most intense cyclones, and increases of the order of 20% in the precipitation rate within 100 km of the storm center.
Source: Research article from World Meteorological Organization experts in Natural Geoscience: 'Tropical cyclones and Climate change'
The intensity of precipitation events will likely increase on average. …The strength of the winds associated with tropical storms is likely to increase. The amount of precipitation falling in tropical storms is also likely to increase.
Heavy precipitation events will likely be more frequent. Heavy downpours that currently occur about once every 20 years are projected to occur about every four to 15 years by 2100…
The intensity of Atlantic hurricanes is likely to increase as the ocean warms. Climate models project that for each 1.8°F increase in tropical sea surface temperatures the rainfall rates of hurricanes could increase by 6-18% and the wind speeds of the strongest hurricanes could increase by about 1-8%.
Cold-season storm tracks are expected to continue to shift northward. The strongest cold-season storms are projected to become stronger and more frequent.