Climate change will make a terrible impact on the rest of the world, most particularly in the case of the Middle East which largely continues to enjoy burning an inconsiderate mount of fossil fuel. What they don’t realize is that their own terrible habits will take a nasty toll on their region if they don’t do something about the inevitable climate change.
The curious case of middle east
All inhabitants who live in Middle East and travelers who make their business trips to the deadly hot region will realize that living in the Middle East without an air conditioned home is NOT possible at all.
The air conditioners
Once you leave the air conditioned homes the destructive heat of the middle east just hits you on the body. It smacks your skin which eventually forms a sludgy layer of salty sweat, it’s never ending torture.
The rule of thumb in the Middle East
Folks who actually live and thrive in the Middle East have been unable to come to terms with the dangerous sweltering heat and there is an unspoken rule among inhabitants. Six hours of continuous non stop exposure will result in death!
Death by heat
The deadly heat in the Middle East owed primarily due to the environmental impact which fossil fuels have made. Call it the cost of progress and technology, it is a price they have to pay for sustainable development.
The science is spot on
According to a research paper submitted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Elfatih Eltahis and Jeremy Pal from Loyola Marymount University, the future does not look happy for Middle East. They published their revealing paper in the journal Nature Climate Change.
What the science says
The two highly educated researchers have pointed out that if man is unable to find a way to channel all that excess greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by the end of the century parts of the Middle East will be rendered uninhabitable.
Heat and humidity
There will soon come a time when even the air conditioners will be unable to compensate for the sweltering heat and provide much needed comfort to the denizens of the Middle East. What can the residents do then?
The residents should tone it down a little
The Middle East is one of the richest and most prosperous regions of the earth with very per capita incomes. The government should try to find alternative sources of energy which don’t take a toll on the environment.
The “wet bulb”
Normal humans have the capacity of withstanding harsh environments up to a certain limit beyond which their bodies begin to cave in. This is called the ‘wet bulb’ which has a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond this, we won’t survive for long.
What it entails
The wet bulb is the lowest temperature of any object – such as a human being – which can achieve evaporative cooling via the process of sweating and using water to provide a cooling effect. Beyond 95 degrees Fahrenheit, our systems cave in.
The problem with humidity
Then there is the added problem of humidity. If there is excess humidity in the air, our bodies won’t be able properly benefit from the process of perspiration and evaporation because there already is too much water in the air.
Too much water in the air
When there is too much water in the air, we call the phenomena ‘saturation’. This is when you cannot possibly add more water to the environment. This presents a predicament to humans because we won’t be able to benefit from evaporation.
Deadly heat waves
Major cities in the Middle East such as Doha, Qatar, Dubai , Abu Dhabi and even Bandar Abbas in Iran would regularly experience temperatures beyond the wet bulb numerous times during the 30 year period by the CO2 emissions don’t go down.
The threat is only too real
The threat is incredibly real because there is a decay in ice sheets and a spontaneous rise in sea levels. We already have contributed to irreparable damage to the environment which can take a toll on us and backfire pretty soon.
A change is needed
One of the main reasons behind the deadly Arab Spring uprisings has been the frequent drought and excess rainfall which have not been typical of the region. This upsets the balance of power and results in rising food prices.
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