Do you know what it’s like to live without wind? The feeling of being out of breath, the sensation of your face and neck burning as though you’ve been out in the sun for too long? If you’re like many people these days, you probably don’t know what it’s like to live without wind. Most of us probably don’t even know we need wind to stay alive.
Even though our modern world is filled with so much technology and modern conveniences that many people can barely imagine life without them, there are some things we all still need from nature: fresh air, sunlight, and a little bit of wind.
Many people suffer from various ailments without regular exposure to natural outdoor air. These problems can range from mild allergies to more serious medical conditions. If you’re interested in learning more about how living outside affects you physiologically, read on for this article on how life without wind affects us.
What Is Life Without Wind?
A lack of wind has many adverse effects, but the most significant is an increased risk of illness. People who live without wind (also known as being out of breath) usually do so for health reasons – without being aware of it. Most of us have developed a ‘breathing pattern’ when outside that is not natural for us. It can lead to various conditions and diseases, some of which may not be aware of their symptoms.
Outdoor areas tend to become less healthy without wind to create a push/pull in the air stream. It can be because there’s less oxygen in the air, making people with breathing problems feel short of breath. There are two types of breathing – inspiratory and expiratory. When you inhale, you draw air into your lungs and stomach. When you exhale, you push air out of your body and into the environment.
While breathing in, your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, and your body temperature rises. It is because your muscles contract due to increased oxygen in your blood. When you stop breathing, all of this stops. You become unhealthier very quickly without airflow to carry away the excess carbon dioxide in your system.
The Effects of Living Without Wind
Living without wind has a few adverse effects, but the most significant is the loss of health. People who live without wind tend to have a compromised immune system, which can lead to allergies and infections. They are also at an increased risk of developing heart disease and cancer.
The Importance of Fresh Air
Fresh air is something that all of us need, no matter how much we complain about the pollution and exhaust we’re breathing in. It is estimated that fresh air provides as much as 40% of our required oxygen intake. Not only is fresh air important for our physical health, but it is also essential for our mental and emotional well-being.
Like most people, you probably don’t enjoy being outside in the wind and rain. But you need to make the most of every opportunity that presents itself to protect yourself and your loved ones from diseases such as:
- If you don’t wear shoes outside, you’re at an added risk of developing frostbite and hypothermia.
- Heat Exposures – Walking around in a T-shirt and shorts even in the summer can lead to sunburn, which is potentially painful and expensive to treat.
- The Rain – Heavy downpours can turn into floods, resulting in mudslides, mud volcanoes, and flooding basement areas.
- The wind is not just for blowing dust in your neighbour’s face. There are risks to being exposed to it.
How Does Wind Affect Us Physically?
Although it may not seem like it, being out in the wind has a lot of benefits for you physiologically. Let’s start with the apparent – fresh air. You need fresh air to survive, and living without it can lead to various medical conditions. The most common of these are:
- Poor cardiovascular health
- High Blood Pressure
- An increased risk of developing diabetes
- A lowered risk of developing cancer
- A reduced rate of intelligent children
How Does Being Without Wind Help Prevent or Treat Ailments?
Like most people, you probably worry about being out in the elements and getting windburn and sunburn. But the truth is, being out in the elements doesn’t have to be harmful. It can be a great way to interact with nature and learn about things that you usually wouldn’t have a chance to experience firsthand. It benefits children, who tend to be more open-minded than their parents.
Should You Live Without Wind?
There is no doubt that being without wind is a very lonely existence. You won’t have anyone to talk to, and you won’t be able to go out in the rain or snow. You may not even know how to start a fire. Fortunately, there are ways to make life without wind more bearable. Here are the pros and cons of being without wind:
- You won’t be able to enjoy the fresh air and open space you’re used to.
- You won’t be able to enjoy the company of your loved ones.
- You won’t be able to enjoy the food you love as much as others.
- You won’t be able to enjoy the beautiful weather we rarely experience.
- You won’t be able to enjoy the spring and summer that we have in winter.
- You won’t be able to enjoy the warm sunsets and starry nights that we rarely have.
- No one will understand the feeling of being out of breath for the first time in your life.
Oceans Dead in 24 Hours
The effects of a no-wind environment on the oceans are huge. As we discussed above, the Northern Atlantic and Greenland drying has caused summers in both hemispheres to become shorter. But what if there was no wind? In this case, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres would be completely dry, and the ocean water in the two hemispheres would be entirely at peace.
As a result, the oceans would be in a profound state for an extended period. If this were to happen, it would discover the deepest ocean water in this scenario.
The Northern Hemisphere is usually the driest part of our planet, and that’s true for both land and water. The drying of the North Atlantic Ocean occurs when the amount of water in this ocean is lower than usual, and the amount of water in the Southern Ocean is usually higher than usual. So if drying the North Atlantic Ocean and Greenland were to happen, it would significantly impact our planet.
If both these ocean regions were to become drier, it would significantly impact the amount of precipitation that falls in the northern hemisphere and a net reduction in precipitation in the southern hemisphere.
Land Turned to Dust
Do you know where your food gets its nutrients from? You probably don’t because you don’t eat plants, but the roots do. So would plants be able to grow without nutrients from a no-wind environment? The answer is YES. As we discussed above, the Northern Atlantic and Greenland drying has caused summers in both hemispheres to become shorter.
Put, if there were no wind, the root systems of plants would be able to grow longer and feed off the dry air for much more extended periods. This result in a reduction in the quantity of both plant and animal life.
Our deserts are the most significant impact a no-wind environment would have on our planet. While the idea of a desert without wind may sound odd, think about it this way: if the Sahara were to become barren, how would that affect the animals that live there? It would cause them to struggle because it would also drastically reduce the water in their environment.
Swamp Has Already Happened
One of the more bizarre things that could happen in a no-wind environment is that the air becomes so dry it becomes unbreathable. It is a desert-like atmosphere and can happen when the amount of water vapour in the air is at its lowest point.
As we’ve discussed above, the amount of water in our air can vary from place to place and hour to hour. If the amount of water in the air is meagre, the rest of the world can’t breathe it in. If this were to happen, it would be very harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. The shrinking of our planet’s wetlands is such a concern.
A Drying Climate
A drying climate is one of the most drastic outcomes that a no-wind environment would have on our planet. In a drying climate, the water in the air would be so low that humans and animals couldn’t live in it. Most large cities would be abandoned and replaced by desert or steppe ecosystems if this were to happen.
More Extreme Weather Events
One of the most worrying things that happen when there’s no wind is the lack of movement in the atmospheric circulation. The circulation is what moves the air around the planet and causes weather patterns like hurricanes, dust storms, and typhoons.
If the circulation were to stop moving air, it would take a long time for this to be noticed. In the meantime, it would cause a lot of damage and misery. We would experience more intense heat waves, droughts, and floods, which would seriously impact our ecosystems.
What Would Happen to the Sea Level?
One of the most worrying things that would happen in a no-wind environment is falling sea level. It would expose more land to the air, allow them to be scorched by the sun’s rays, and cause flooding. It could have serious environmental consequences, as well as lead to the extinction of many species.
While it’s difficult to predict, the sea level may rise. How could this happen? Well, this would be caused by the fact that there will be less precipitation falling in the ocean and more evaporation from the oceans. It means that there will be less water in the oceans and more water evaporating from them. As a result, the ocean levels would rise.
How Much More Precipitation Will Fall in the Oceans?
In a no-wind scenario, we could expect that there will be little more precipitation falling in the oceans than they currently are. It is because less carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere, causing less global warming and thus less precipitation in the ocean.
The wind is surprisingly essential for the proper functioning of human life. Without wind, many things could throw the balance of the world off course!