Thursday, September 21, 2023

Oil-producing Persian Gulf faces extreme heat.

CLIMATEWIRE | Heat waves are sweeping the planet this summer, and climate change all but guarantees that people across the world will face even worse conditions in the years ahead.

But some of the most intense warming is expected to strike many of the same nations that produce the fossil fuels responsible for climate change. Already home to some of the hottest places on the planet, the Persian Gulf region could suffer seasonal extremes that would make it unbearable to be outdoors for extended periods.

Case in point: The United Arab Emirates — a major fossil fuel producer and host of this year’s global climate talks — is among the countries that will face some of the greatest exposure, even if global temperatures don’t exceed the targets of the Paris climate agreement.

Mean summer temperatures there already range from 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (32 to 37.2 degrees Celsius) but can climb to a dangerous 122 F (50 C), according to the World Bank Group’s climate change knowledge portal…