Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Jan-Feb 2016 Contents the direct effects of extreme heat to our health.
This summer in the northern hemisphere,
we saw thousands of people dying due to the
extreme heatwaves in areas like Pakistan, but
also in Europe. As my mother said: “I have
never experienced anything like this summer
in my entire life” - she is now 81 years old and
lives in Switzerland.
It is worth repeating what Mr Obama said:
“We’re the first generation to feel the impact of
climate change; we’re the last generation that
can do something about it”.
Not only is the burning of fossil fuel changing
our climate, but also affecting the quality of the
air we breathe, as many people in China can
confirm. China has not suddenly found a con-
science for the environment but has a real issue
that the air pollution is killing its citizens, or
making them really sick. China urgently needs a
solution to protect its people from air pollution.
There have also been countless studies looking
at the impact of climate change on the produc-
tion of food for the growing world population.
Not only has the scarcity of water due to hotter
climate been identified to be an issue, but also
the heat stress of our crops and the loss of yields
due to the extreme heat, droughts and floods.
For example in 2003, agriculture losses in
France alone were approximately 4 billion due
to an extreme heatwave. If you think that is
not relevant to us, think again. This is just the
beginning, and scientists are now researching
the development of crops that can handle the
extreme heat and lack of irrigation in order to
grow more food for the coming generations.
As an example, Asia is not capable to produce
enough food for all its people, even today.
Another aspect that has food producers con-
cerned is the observation that pests on our crops
can survive and reproduce better and faster due
to warmer temperatures. This means we need
more pesticides and more poison to combat
these creatures. Some might argue this is the
Armageddon and we can do nothing about it. I
do not share this view, because I believe this is a
man-made problem and we can solve this issue.
The third aspect I have noticed in my
research is the vulnerability of our infrastructure
due to increased temperatures. How much tem-
perature increase can our buildings, houses, or
infrastructure like roads, train tracks or runways
endure? There are scenarios where we all need
to dig into to ground in order to protect our
infrastructure. That we will live like moles in the
future, too scared to come up to the surface - I
do believe this might be over the top but not far
from possible reality.
In summary, we can now confidently say
that climate change is real. Because more than
93% of the global warming is absorbed by our
oceans, we haven’t seen the worst effects yet on
our way of life.
According to scientists, there is a threshold of
2 degrees of global warming over pre industrial
levels, or the threshold of 450ppm of GHG in
our atmosphere before we will see irreversible
changes to our climate, which would in turn
trigger even more rapid changes to our climate,
causing more severe storms, bigger floods,
longer droughts, and more intensive fires as we
have ever seen before.
Part 2. will cover the questions of ‘Can we
change?’ and ‘Will we change?’, and will also
give the full bibliography and sources Michel
used in the preparation of this article.
Michel Jungo is an experienced supply
chain professional with many years of expe-
rience in demand planning, forecasting,
inventory control, warehousing and LEAN man-
agement. His passion for sustainability and
the environment has led him to become one
of Al Gore’s personally trained climate reality
project leaders, with a deep understanding of
the latest facts and science of climate change.
Michel has an MBA in Strategic Supply
Chain Management from the University of
Technology in Sydney, a Bachelor of Business
Administration from City University in Seattle,
a Betriebstechniker TS from the Institute for
Technical Training in Zurich, and is a Certified
Supply Chain Professional with apicsAU. You
can contact Michel at michel.jungo@atomodi-
“How much temperature increase can our
buildings, houses, or infrastructure like roads,
train tracks or runways endure?”
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