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Middle East could become ‘Uninhabitable’ due to climate change

According to the new studies climate change could make the Middle East too hot for humans to live in

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“The number of climate refugees could increase dramatically in future,” Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia said.

According to the new studies published on Max Planck Institute website, climate change may destroy parts of the Middle East, where over 500 million people reside, making it too hot for humans to live in.

The studies stated that “very” hot days in the region have “doubled” since 1970.

Jos Lelieveld, Director of the institute and Professor at Cyprus Institute said: "In future, the climate in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa could change in such a manner that the very existence of its inhabitants is in jeopardy.”

“Even if Earth’s temperature were to increase on average only by two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, the temperature in summer in these regions will increase more than twofold,” researchers said.

This concluded that by mid-century, during the summer’s hottest time, “temperatures will not fall below 30 degrees at night, and during daytime they could rise to 46 degrees Celsius.”

Panos Hadjinicolaou, Associate Professor at the Cyprus Institute said: "If mankind continues to release carbon dioxide as it does now, people living in the Middle East and North Africa will have to expect about 200 unusually hot days, according to the model projections."

The studies also showed that the amount of dust found in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria went up to 70% since the start of the century.

Researchers are saying the future of the region is alarming, and that “climate change can result in a significant deterioration of living conditions for people living in North Africa and the Middle East, and consequently, sooner or later, many people may have to leave the region.”