Melting glaciers, rising waters, disruption of the seasons … The effects caused by the global warming of our planet are now known to all.
A new study argues that rising temperatures could turn some countries into heat waves, probably pushing populations to migrate.
But in fact, the daily life of the majority of the Earth is not so much upset, and therefore the efforts put in place to try to reverse the curve remain insufficient. However, global warming is likely to affect us before the end of this century.
This new study reveals that some countries in North Africa and the Middle East could become almost uninhabitable areas in a few years, even causing the exodus of their populations, leading to a major phenomenon of climate refugees.
According to the research paper, temperatures in these areas will not drop below 30ºC at anytime, and during the day, they could be around 46ºC during the summer.
In addition, the heat waves will be much more frequent and will last longer. And, icing on the cake, researchers say that the amount of dust in the air will be much greater.
This worsening of the climatic conditions concerns at least 29 countries and territories according to the study: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara and Yemen. That is more than 550 million human beings, who in such living conditions would probably be forced to leave their land.
“We conclude that MENA is a sensitive area in terms of climate change, as it could turn into a hot summer zone. The researchers conclude that extreme heat has been shown to have an impact on human health, to promote waterborne and food-borne illnesses, and that intense heat waves increase premature mortality. ”
While not a lot of efforts and funding is dedicated for adaptation, some awareness videos went viral such as UNICEF’s climate kid :