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5 Jobs Created By Global Warming

Careers For Climate Change

— August 2, 2008 — Eco
These climate predictions and job opportunities are specific to the Great Lakes region.

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream. It's called global warming, and that means it's going to get... warmer. With more summer days projected to have average daily temperatures over 90 degrees, an ice cream truck makes a lot of sense. Of course, with the price of gasoline, the truck should be electric.

100 percent chance of rain. Warmer temperatures will cause more evaporation from the lakes, resulting in more frequent rain storms. Seattle comes to mind. My prediction: an increase in the sales of umbrellas, rain coats, and water-proof footwear.

Get out your snow shovels. With warmer winters and less ice cover, increased lake evaporation will result in increased winter precipitation - aka, SNOW. And lots of it. This presents the perfect opportunity for a snow-plowing business.

Callabunga, dude! I've heard of people surfing on the Great Lakes but, with a prediction of more intense storms, perhaps Midwest coastal cities may someday get their own surf shops.

A lot of birds migrate - traveling to the warmer, southern areas in the Winter. What happens when it doesn't get cold? They don't fly anywhere. They just stay put and poop all over the place. An entrepreneur might start a sidewalk cleaning service or even a pest exterminating business.

Photo by re-ality (Flickr).
Trend Themes
1. Electric Ice Cream Trucks - A disruption opportunity exists in creating an electric ice cream truck and marketing it as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional gas-operated trucks.
2. Inclement Weather Gear - An opportunity exists in creating and marketing waterproof clothing and footwear targeted towards regions expected to experience more frequent rain storms and flooding due to global warming.
3. Winter Services - With increasing winter precipitation due to warmer temperatures and less ice cover, there is potential for disruption in the snow-plowing and winter services industry.
Industry Implications
1. Food Trucks - The food truck industry can take the initiative to shift towards electric-powered ice cream trucks due to projected increases in hot summer days.
2. Outdoor Gear and Apparel - Outdoor gear and apparel companies can capitalize on the increase in rainstorms and flooding brought on by global warming by creating marketing campaigns around waterproof clothing and footwear specifically catered to regions most affected.
3. Snow Plowing and Winter Services - Snow plowing and winter service businesses in areas predicted to experience more intense snow seasons can benefit from expanding operations and service offerings.
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