Extreme weather in a room – level 3

21-10-2021 07:00

An Italian research center is attempting to show the conditions of a climate disaster under laboratory conditions.

The climatic chambers at the Eurac facility in Bozen-Bolzano are able to create extreme weathers and temperatures from artificial snow blizzards at minus 40 degrees Celsius to the driest of heat waves. Scientists want to see how climate change is affecting the natural world, and how humans, plants, and small animals acclimatize when exposed to the harshest weather conditions, without endangering themselves.

Also until now, mountain rescuers had to climb four days to practice emergency procedures. However, these rooms’ new technologies can create these treacherous conditions for training.

Scientists hope that data from the experiments will also help inform people about how to care about the natural world a little better.

Difficult words: acclimatize (to become used to a new place, situation, or conditions), endanger (to put someone at risk or in danger), treacherous (very dangerous and unreliable).

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