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Old 10-27-2015, 04:56 AM   #1
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Default Global Warming Will Make Parts of Earth Uninhabitable to Humans

New climate models developed by researchers show parts of the Middle East will be too hot to support humans by the end of this century. Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are the culprit.

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These Cities May Soon Be Uninhabitable Thanks to Climate Change
Justin Worland @justinworland Oct. 26, 2015

A number of cities in the Persian Gulf region may be unlivable the end of the century due to global warming if humans do not curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, projects that by the end of the century heat waves in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Bandar Abbas could lead to temperatures at which humans physically cannot survive over a sustained period of time by around 2100. The threshold, estimated around 170ºF, takes into account heat and humidity that prevent humans from exercising natural functions that allow the body to cool.

“Such severe heat waves are expected to occur only once every decade or every few decades,” said study author Elfatih A. B. Eltahir, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “But when they happen they will be quite lethal.”

Even without heat waves, residents of the region should prepare for today’s extreme temperatures to become the new normal. In some cities throughout the region, temperatures on an ordinary summer day could exceed 140ºF (60ºC). And, while those who can afford air conditioning may retreat to their homes, many others will be left behind.

The extreme heat waves forecast in the study would interrupt industry in the region as well as other practices. For one, workers would be unable to stay outdoors for extended periods of time, affecting a number of businesses, including the oil industry that largely fuels the regional economy. The heat waves would also disrupt the Hajj pilgrimage that draws millions of Muslims to Mecca each year.

Deadly heat waves have already affected many regions around the world. More than 2,300 people died in a heatwave in India earlier this year. The researchers behind the new study say the heat waves they studied would be “significantly more severe.”

The extreme heat waves forecast in the study may be avoidable if countries around the world take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, the researchers behind the study say. The extreme heat waves with temperatures exceeding 170ºF will likely not occur even under a moderate mitigation scenario where the world holds temperature increase to somewhere between 2°F (1.1°C) to 4.68°F (2.6°C) by 2100 rather than the expected 7.2°F (4°C) increase without any action.

The research comes just weeks before a conference where leaders from around the world hope to announce a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep average temperatures from rising more than 3.6°F (2°C) by 2100.

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Could worsening heat make the Persian Gulf uninhabitable?

Temperatures in the Persian Gulf could reach levels by the end of the century that would be extreme for most people, making some of the poorest regions inhospitable and posing significant challenges to the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Based on several climate models, the authors writing in Nature Climate Change Monday predict that temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit would become the norm during the summer in the low-lying region of the Persian Gulf. Kuwait City and the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates could see temperatures exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit – so far the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth – during some years. And 2022 World Cup host Qatar, which gets hot dry air from the desert and moist air from the Gulf, could also see extreme temperatures.

Temperatures in the Persian Gulf could reach levels by the end of the century that would be extreme for most people, making some of the poorest regions inhospitable and posing significant challenges to the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Based on several climate models, the authors writing in Nature Climate Change Monday predict that temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit would become the norm during the summer in the low-lying region of the Persian Gulf. Kuwait City and the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates could see temperatures exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit – so far the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth – during some years. And 2022 World Cup host Qatar, which gets hot dry air from the desert and moist air from the Gulf, could also see extreme temperatures.

“What we are talking about is significantly more severe than what people have experienced anywhere before,” Elfatih Eltahir, a co-author on the study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told reporters when asked to compare it to recent waves like Chicago in 1995, Europe in 2003 and Russia in 2010, during a press conference last week.

Known for its expansive deserts and mostly clear skies, the region that includes the U.A.E., Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and several other countries is no stranger to heat waves and record breaking temperatures. The summer months from May to September routinely go over 100 degrees, forcing all but the hardiest to spend their days in air conditioned malls and skyscrapers. This summer was among the worst yet, with Iran and Iraq experiencing scorching temperatures and the heat index – a combination of temperature and humidity – that made it feel like 164 F in one Iranian city.

Unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, the researchers are predicting the heat index could go as high as 165-170 F more frequently especially in the summer months of July and August and that a heat index reading of 130-140 F would become an almost daily occurence.

Related: Searing 164-degree temps in Iran as 'heat dome' traps Middle East

Places like Dubai, home to the world’s tallest skyscraper and the playground for many of the world’s rich and famous, have the resources to adapt to the hotter conditions. But the extreme conditions could be a “serious situation” in places like impoverished and war-torn Yemen, Eltahir said.

“People who have resources could use air conditioning and avoid the outdoors during heat waves but, in some corners of that region, there are communities and people who don’t have resources to do that,” he said. “We pointed to some corners of Yemen along the Red Sea that are not as well off as other parts of the Gulf Region.”

Eltahir and his co-author, Jeremy Pal of Loyola Marymount University in California, said the region’s economy would also take a hit and that the “the most basic outdoor activities are likely to be severely impacted.” Heat waves would take a toll on most work done outdoors, with everything from construction to agriculture to services related to the oil and gas industry suffering.

Sports, too, could be compromised, since football and several other outdoor sports are played at stadiums without any air conditioning. Qatar has twice failed in its bid to host the Olympics due to heat concerns and the 2022 World Cup, awarded to Qatar over bids from the United States, Australia and several other countries, came under fire over fears it could put the lives of players and spectators at risk due to the heat.

As a result, FIFA earlier this year approved moving the tournament to the cooler, winter months.

Related: Phenomenal temperatures slam Middle East, driven by extreme heat and humidity

For the millions who attend the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, an already crowded and sometimes deadly ritual in Mecca is also likely to become even more dangerous due to the heat. Held annually based on the lunar calendar, the hajj can take place in the summer.

“These extreme conditions are of severe consequence to the Muslim rituals of hajj, when Muslim pilgrims pray outdoors from dawn to dusk near Mecca,” the authors wrote. “This necessary outdoor Muslim ritual is likely to become hazardous to human health, especially for the many elderly pilgrims when the hajj occurs during the boreal summer.”

Christopher Schar, of the Swiss-based Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, who contributed an article accompanying the study, said it highlights the potential dangers to humans from rising temperatures and makes sense given historical trends showing the region getting hotter in recent decades.

“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,” he wrote. “The study also indicates that mitigation measures (reducing global greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation efforts (protecting against heat waves) are essential for the inhabitants of the Gulf and Red Sea regions.”

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This does not surprise me. I have been to both Doha and Abu Dhabi. I walked across asphalt and left foot impressions on it.
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Imagine the consequences of nukes eventually spreading to a region where everyone wants to get out and they have nowhere to go,
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Imagine the consequences of nukes eventually spreading to a region where everyone wants to get out and they have nowhere to go,
Well we better make sure Iran can't make them in say 10 years or so.......Oh wait,...****.
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Footsteps that article got me all excited.
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Well we better make sure Iran can't make them in say 10 years or so.......Oh wait,...****.
What is it about Iran that makes it the boogeyman de jour for rednecks?

Is it because it's still unchecked on GeeDubya's "axis of evil" to-do list?
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Footsteps that article got me all excited.
Way too much info
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"There have been more than 100,000 [fires]. And by Indonesia joining the TPP, which the U.S. was urging them to do, Indonesia will be losing much of the capacity they would need to regulate the corporations, because a lot of the burning takes place on corporate plantations to produce palm oil and other things." - Journalist Allan Nairn.



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It's ironic that they are making it hotter by exporting the oil beneath their feet.
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You thought the World Cup was hot last year in the jungles of Brazil. Just wait until 2022 when its played in the deserts of the Middle East.
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What is it about Iran that makes it the boogeyman de jour for rednecks?

Is it because it's still unchecked on GeeDubya's "axis of evil" to-do list?
We'll they say things like we are satan, we need to be destroyed, and that israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth. I guess that is why.......DUH!
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We'll they say things like we are satan, we need to be destroyed, and that israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth. I guess that is why.......DUH!
Looks like someone received the full Ailes Jazeera indoctrination.

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Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul continue to show themselves among the few in Congress with any integrity and backbone. They declined to go along with a resolution charging Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad with incitement to genocide, given his alleged call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the face of the map.’

As most of my readers know, Ahmadinejad did not use that phrase in Persian. He quoted an old saying of Ayatollah Khomeini calling for ‘this occupation regime over Jerusalem” to “vanish from the page of time.’ Calling for a regime to vanish is not the same as calling for people to be killed. Ahmadinejad has not to my knowledge called for anyone to be killed. (Wampum has more; as does the American Street).

If Ahmadinejad is a genocidal maniac who just wants to kill Jews, then why are there 20,000 Jews in Iran with a member of parliament in Tehran? Couldn’t he start at home if that was what he is really about?

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Actually there used to be 100's of thousands of Iranian Persian Jews in Iran. But since 1948 war it went down to about 80 thousand. Then after the overthrow of the shah it went down even further.

last Iranian census put the number at only 8-10 thousand. By comparison America has about 80 thousand Iranian jews living in the country. Obviously life stunk for them there but a few remain.
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http://www.npr.org/sections/parallel...e-plan-to-stay

The number 20 thousand very old LABF. Get current or go home!
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The number 20 thousand very old LABF. Get current or go home!
Let's see...who to believe? A M.E. expert and scholar, or some redneck posting on a football forum...?
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Actually there used to be 100's of thousands of Iranian Persian Jews in Iran. But since 1948 war it went down to about 80 thousand. Then after the overthrow of the shah it went down even further.

last Iranian census put the number at only 8-10 thousand. By comparison America has about 80 thousand Iranian jews living in the country. Obviously life stunk for them there but a few remain.
Even if, for the sake of argument, that number is correct, the point remains the same, i.e., Iran hasn't even "wiped out" the Jews living in Iran.

You have nothing but right-wing propaganda between your ears.
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It will always be the goal of the Muslim countries to see Israel destroyed. It's just a fact. Maybe they don't have plans on genocide, but they want to end Jewish autonomy and the jewish homeland.
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Let's see...who to believe? A M.E. expert and scholar, or some redneck posting on a football forum...?
What makes some pissed off negro more credible? You are on the same forum.
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What makes some pissed off negro more credible? You are on the same forum.
"Negro"? Is that really as far as you want to go with that?
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"Negro"? Is that really as far as you want to go with that?
He can't help but show his true colors at every opportunity, eh?
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It will always be the goal of the Muslim countries to see Israel destroyed.
Um, no.

Actually, the problem is that you are a clueless redneck who (a) has probably never met a Muslim, let alone visited a Muslim country, and (b) you have been fed a steady diet of right-wing scaredy-cat propaganda.
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Angry negro should join the Nation of Islam and get it over with.
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"Negro"? Is that really as far as you want to go with that?
negro, redneck, whatever neither upsets me. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me!.
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Angry negro should join the Nation of Islam and get it over with.
So now it's back to the racial slurs, eh?

Didn't you get banned for this sort of thing not too long ago?
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