AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Extreme Heat waves, a heat dome, extending from Texas to Mississippi is engulfing the South with triple digit temperatures and high winds. The Midwest and Northeast have poor air quality advisories because the Canadian wildfires are still raging and this is an early beginning to their wildfire season. Our summer will be hot and smokey. According to a Guardian survey, this weather is causing short term illness and exasperating chronic conditions. People are feeling unsafe and unprotected in their homes and communities. Our suffering can be alleviated by altering our energy grid, agriculture and manufacturing. If Fossil Fuel Companies maintained their equipment, we’d see an immediate reduction in Carbon and Methane emissions. Why should we continue to suffer immeasurable harm, when we have solutions for controlling Emissions and reducing Weather Extremes? #PoliticsAffectsUS

A new survey by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) Research Institute has found that 53% of Americans reported that extreme weather events – including hurricanes, tornadoes, heatwaves, wildfires and flooding – had adversely affected their health.

In survey results reviewed by the Guardian, the institute found:

42% have experienced short-term injury or illness

23% report complications to an existing chronic condition

15% have suffered a long-term injury or a new chronic condition

Moreover, more than half of the respondents reported negative impacts on their property (51%), communities (58%) and feelings of general safety (65%) from extreme weather events.

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