Blistering Future

A brutal heat wave in the Middle East may be a harbinger of worse water scarcity and temperatures almost too hot for human survival, climate scientists warn. In Baghdad, the number of days with temperatures at 118 degrees or higher has more than doubled in recent years.

As a result, escalating conflicts and refugee crises are probable, said Adel Abdellatif of the UN’s Development Program’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.

“Iraqis are strong people,” said Arkan Farhan, whose family lives near Baghdad in a tin hut at a camp for people displaced by the Islamic State. “But this heat is like a fire. Can people live in fire?”
The Washington Post

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