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How to handle the heat down under

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Since December 2018, Australians have been buckling under extreme heat waves. In January 2019, Central News Network (CNN) reported that temperatures would stay above 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) for about six days. Another intensely hot period occurred during December 2018. As in other southern hemisphere countries, summer continues to be excessively hot. In New South Wales, residents reported that asphalt-coated roads were melting. Additionally, health authorities warned that the high temperatures would contribute to “high ozone” air pollution across Sydney. In such instances, people can suffer a range of serious physical reactions.
Many Australian conservationists see these radical events as proof of climate change, yet Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s administration has yet to phase out the use of coal-fired power.
Children suffer the most during heat waves. They struggle with thermoregulation and cognition.
Brendon Hyndman, an academic in Health and Physical Education at Southern Cross University, says earlier starting and ending school times should come into play, and properly cooled venues are essential, as are regular breaks. Hyndman also suggests the incorporation of special fabrics and ice vests into the manufacture of school uniforms, as well as emergency centres at schools where children and teachers can be treated immediately and effectively for heat stroke. Posting more water fountains around campuses is also a good idea.

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