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By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY 1:04 p.m. EDT October 26, 2015
Heat in the Persian Gulf region, the world's epicenter of oil production, will approach 'intolerable' levels in the decades ahead due to man-made global warming, says a scientific study out Monday.
Already legendary for its searing combination of torrid temperatures and crushing humidity, heat in the Persian Gulf is forecast "to approach and exceed a threshold of human tolerance within this century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase on their current trajectory," the study in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change said.
The report looked at heat in the countries near the Persian Gulf, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).
Extreme temperatures are projected to sometimes exceed the threshold for human survival in major cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the U.A.E.; Doha, Qatar; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Bandar Abbas, Iran, according to the study's authors, Jeremy Pal of Loyola Marymount University and Elfatih Eltahir of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Extreme heat that might occur 1 out of 20 days now will be the normal summer day of 2070 and beyond, the authors said.
The heat index — a combination of heat and humidity — could hit 165 to 170 degrees for at least six hours, several of the study's computer simulations determined.
Just in this past July, Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, soared to a staggering heat index of 163 degrees.
Scientists concluded that conditions in the Persian Gulf region, including its shallow water and intense sun, make it “a specific regional hotspot where climate change, in absence of significant mitigation, is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future.”
In some years, scientists say the heat will have a severe impact on the rituals of Hajj, during which millions of Muslim pilgrims pray outdoors from dawn to dusk near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The study suggests that the outdoor rituals are likely to become hazardous to human health, especially for elderly pilgrims, when Hajj occurs during the summer.
“The new study thus shows that the threats to human health may be much more severe than previously thought, and may occur in the current century.” said climate scientist Christoph Schär of the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science in Switzerland, in an opinion piece that accompanied the study in Nature Climate Change.
The consequences of major heat waves for human health has become apparent from the death toll of recent events such as those in Chicago in 1995, Europe in 2003 and Russia in 2010, Schär said.
"Some of the scariest prospects from a changing clime involve conditions completely outside the range of human experience," Carnegie Institute for Science climate researcher Chris Field, who wasn't part of the study, told the Associated Press. "If we don't limit climate change to avoid extreme heat or mugginess, the people in these regions will likely need to find other places to live."
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