Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Get all your outdoors work done by 2030, before it's too hot to work outside

From:  Deseret News 

Compiled by Sarah Anderson, For the Deseret News
Published: Mon, July 25, 2016, 8:10 a.m. MDT

United Nations research indicates rising temperatures may cost the global economy more than $2 trillion by 2030 in reduced productivity, as well as cut down working hours in the poorer areas of the globe.(, Adobe Stock)

By 2030, we may have a new reason to call in sick to work — research suggests that by then it will be too hot to work in parts of the world, particularly for those whose jobs consistently expose them to the heat.

Bloomberg stated that United Nations research indicates this heat onslaught may cost the global economy more than $2 trillion by 2030 in reduced productivity, as well as cut down working hours in the poorer areas of the globe. With low-paid and heat-exposed professions such as construction and farming taking the brunt of it, Quartz noted.

Forty-three countries are expected to see a fall in their gross domestic product from heat stress, in particular Asiatic countries such as China, Indonesia and Malaysia, as Tord Kjellstrom, a director at the Health and Environment International Trust, told Bloomberg. India and China’s GDP losses alone could total $450 billion in 2030, Kjellstrom added. MORE