If global warming is real how come the average human body temperature is still 98.6 degrees?

March 24, 2010

Global warming is becoming an increasingly talked about topic, especially because of the very visible effects it has on the planet we inhabit. One of the primary causes of the occurrences is said to be the greenhouse effects where the absorption and emission of infrared radiation though gases in the atmosphere tend to warm the planet’s lower surface and nearby atmosphere. The more responsible greenhouse gases include water vapor (which is responsible for upto about 36 to 70 percent of the problem) while carbon dioxide can be attributed to as much as 9 to 26 percent of the greenhouse effect. The increase in industrial activity over the last few decades is primarily responsible for the major environmental changes that we see today.

It is easy to assume that when the environmental temperature changes, so would our bodies, just like any other object would tend to. However, the human body is a very complex system and the warm blood we possess helps us maintain our body temperature in spite of some very drastic differences with the environmental temperatures we expose our bodies to. First and foremost, while up to a few decades ago, a number of scientists believed that 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit was considered to be normal body temperature, more recent research shows that the temperature is variable and can fluctuate, and still be considered to be normal, between 97.52 degrees Fahrenheit and 99.86 degrees Fahrenheit. A number of factors, including the environmental ones, will influence body temperature. Non environmental factors that have a say in the matter include medication being taken as well as intensity of the physical activity being performed. While they are two completely unlinked concepts, global warming can be compared to the effects of an increased temperature on the Earth’s surface. This is exactly similar to what takes place when the human body is affected by a fever.

Although a fever is a very common occurrence, it is important that we do not underestimate the seriousness of the complication. A fever is one of the most obvious symptoms that there is some problem within the body. The rise in temperature is usually the result of the body trying to make it very inhospitable to an invading viral or bacterial infection. One should also pay attention to factors like stress and an imbalance of the body’s internal hormones when looking for ways to control the body temperature. Excessive body temperatures can easily lead to death of the patient.

Submitted by M T on March 24, 2010 at 11:43

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