It has been said that transformations in global climatic conditions spell trouble for the Middle East by the year 2070, according to studies published in Nature Climate Change.
Climate change brings bad news for the people of the troubled region that is the Middle East. This vital locus of influence is not only conflict-ridden but may become so sultry and hot in the future that it will become inhospitable to human life. Profusely hot conditions and humidity that makes things sticky and muggy will ensure that nobody will want to live in the areas surrounding the Persian Gulf.
"The combination of high temperatures and humidity could, within just a century, result in extreme conditions around the Persian Gulf that are intolerable to humans, if climate change continues unabated," wrote Christopher Schär of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Zurich, Switzerland.
Two Studies, published in Nature Climate Change, show that the temperature levels around Kuwait and other localities of the Middle East are expected to shoot sky high so that they become intolerable for human beings. And this is not so far off into the future.
It can occur even before the current century is over. The scenario for most of the oil rich region is dismal and dreary indeed. The desertification further ensures that no succor is to be had from the hot and humid atmosphere which will only go from worse to worst in the days to come.
“Our results expose a specific regional hotspot where climate change, in the absence of significant [carbon cuts], is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future,” said Prof Jeremy Pal and Prof Elfatih Eltahir, both at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Human beings require a certain mean of temperature to live and thrive. Any fluctuations above or below this may lead to dire circumstances. Especially the health and functioning not to mention the vital signs of individuals may suffer thanks to the changing weather.
Besides this, the ameliorating effects of air conditioning only extend to a certain extent. Beyond that everyone suffers since you cannot suffer the cabin fever of sitting in an air conditioned milieu all day and night without going out.
Kuwait City, the capital of Kuwait, may alone reach 140 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale of the thermometer within a few decades. Other “hot as hell” places include Al Ain in the UAE and Doha in Qatar which are to become dysfunctional within a generation or two.
Prof Eltahir said: “We would hope that information like this would be helpful in making sure there is interest [in cutting carbon emissions] for the countries in the region. They have a vital interest in supporting measures that would help reduce the concentration of CO2 in the future.”
The current heights in temperature can be found in Libya where 136 degrees was recorded. And in Death Valley, California it was 134 degrees. While those who are from the elite and living in rich countries such as Saudi Arabia may rely on air conditioning even though it will be an isolated environment, those living in poorer countries will suffer sheer torture.
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Especially, children and senior citizens will be bearing the brunt of the burden. It will be impossible to partake in any outdoor activities. Even performing the pilgrimage to Mecca will become a difficult task for devout Muslims since the heat will be literally unbearable.