Gulf cities may soon become uninhabitable due to climate change

Summers in Gulf cities like Dubai are usually hot, but researchers predict that climate change may soon make parts of the regions uninhabitable for humans.

Coastal metropolis in the region record daily temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for some months of the year, which is intensified by heavy humidity.

The UN's IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) revealed a new study that the climate is fluctuating faster than expected and that this is due to human activities.

Even now, during the hottest months, many Dubai residents flee to colder regions, while those who stay rush between air-conditioned locations or rely on delivery drivers for opting various services.

The UAE is also one of the world's driest countries, and it has been artificially using cloud-seeding planes for producing rain for several years. Climate change is posing hazards to the region, according to an expert.

Elfatih Eltahir, a professor of hydrology and climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has stated that - Excessive heat will become much more frequent.

He warned that some regions of the Gulf may suffer extreme heat stress levels that will be contrary to human survival as humidity and temperatures rise toward the end of the era.

Although this won't happen all the time, he remarked as these events would occur once or twice every seven years.

Carbon emissions pose as one of the major economic challenges for Gulf countries. UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that fossil fuels were destroying the planet.

However, in recent years, some Gulf states have taken up green initiatives to improve their environmental credentials and diversify economies away from oil.

For instance, the UAE aims to increase dependency on clean energy by 50% until 2050 and reduce its carbon footprint from power generation by 70%.

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