Arab News – Temperatures in the Kingdom may increase by an average 4 degrees Celsius by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at current levels.
This is according to Yasir Al-Khallaf, executive director of the Cairo-based Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction, who told an online publication recently that this was the outcome of long-term studies of environmental changes in the Kingdom.
He said that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels, it would increase global warming. Efforts are under way by the United Nations to keep the average temperature rise between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius by using environment-friendly technologies.
Al-Khallaf said that environmental changes are related to various elements of industrial and developmental activities. Greenhouse gases have been present in the Earth’s atmosphere for millions of years. But several human activities have harmed it creating global warming.
He said the weather was changing with various regions experiencing heavy rain and flooding, while others are drought-stricken. Precipitation in the northwest and southwest regions of Saudi Arabia would increase and there would be 20 percent less rain in all regions.
According to a report in the Guardian newspaper, published in October quoting a new study, the Gulf will suffer heatwaves “beyond the limit of human survival” if climate change is unchecked.
The extreme heatwaves will reportedly affect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and coastal cities in Iran as well as posing a deadly threat to millions of Haj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia when the religious festival falls in the summer.
The study claims the extreme heatwaves, more intense than anything ever experienced on Earth, would kick in after 2070 and that the hottest days of today would by then be a near-daily occurrence.

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