What You Need to Know about Climate Change in the Middle East  

 

Singaporeans are aware that the world is changing and there is nothing that we can do but to survive or thrive. In the case of climate change, although the effects are heavily felt these days, we can still do something to lessen its impact. We can start by limiting the use of our air-conditioning system.

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Air-conditioners are an important part of a Singaporean household and to live without it will be torture. The moment we leave our home, the scorching hit will hit us and minutes later, our clothes will be soaked and if we are exposed to heat for several hours, we will faint or worse, die. It is therefore a challenge to limit the use of air-conditioning system.

In the case of the Middle East, there was a study revealing that climate change could boil down the region almost uninhabitable come 2100. The paper was published in the Nature Climate Change led by Professor Elfatih Eltahir from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and environmental scientist Jeremy Pal from the Loyola Marymount University.

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The researchers exposed that if we do not make stern changes on how we are yielding greenhouse gases by the end of the century, some areas of the Persian Gulf region as well as most Arab countries could encounter humidity and heat waves profoundly hostile to human life.

Basically, humans can survive 95 degrees Fahrenheit at most. Experts call this “wet-bulb”. Come 2100, there will be cities beyond “wet-bulb” like Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and Bandar Abbas (Iran). To survive the heat, we should be properly hydrated and acquire mechanisms for cooling.

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