Climate change worsens and threatens to cause more severe heatwaves around the world, including in the Arabian Peninsula | ArabiaWeather
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Climate change worsens and threatens to cause more severe heatwaves around the world, including in the Arabian Peninsula | ArabiaWeather

This article was originally written in Arabic and translated using an automated external service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors.

Weather in Arabia – Climate change is a major challenge facing the entire world, and it is particularly affecting the Gulf regions, increasing the frequency and intensity of heat waves. It is also considered one of the most important environmental problems facing the world, and climate change refers to long-term changes in average temperatures and weather patterns that occur due to human activities such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation, which leads to an increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming, and this phenomenon affects global ecosystems, including the Gulf regions.

Climate Change: Causes and General Effects

Causes of climate change: Experts believe that the most important causes that led to the climate change phenomenon are:

Burning fossil fuels: includes oil, coal and natural gas, which emit large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere.

Deforestation: reduces the number of trees that absorb CO2, which increases the accumulation of greenhouse gases.

Industrial activity: emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases by factories and vehicles.

The general effects of climate change are:

Rising temperatures: Rising average global temperature.

Changing weather patterns: An increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes and droughts.

Melting ice: Melting of glaciers and polar ice caps.

Sea level rise: due to melting ice and expanding ocean water volume.

Arabian Peninsula | The heat dome is causing a strong heat wave, which is mainly occurring in several countries this time

Impact of climate change on heat waves in the Persian Gulf

Experts from the Arab Weather Center said that a heatwave is a period when temperatures are significantly above average and last for several days. This phenomenon can be deadly, especially in areas that lack the infrastructure to adapt to extreme heat, and the impact of climate change on heatwaves in the Persian Gulf was visible through:

Increased frequency of heat waves: Research in the climate division of ArabiaWeather has shown that climate change is increasing the frequency of heatwaves in the Persian Gulf. For example, the number of days with extreme heat has increased significantly in recent decades.

Increase in the intensity of heat waves: Climate experts have indicated that heat waves in the Persian Gulf have become more severe than before. For example, parts of the Gulf have recorded temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius, which has happened in the past, but has recently repeated itself.

Effects of high humidity: Experts also noted that rising temperatures in the Persian Gulf are associated with high humidity levels, which increases the negative impact of heat on human health and the environment.

Health effects: Severe heatwaves cause serious health problems such as heat stress and sunstroke, and also increase mortality among vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children.

Economic effects: The effects are not limited to those mentioned earlier, as heatwaves also affect agricultural and livestock productivity and increase energy consumption for cooling, putting economic pressure on the Gulf countries.

The specialists from the climate department of “Arab Weather” call for the need to adapt to climate change, emphasizing the importance of developing sustainable strategies to cope with the increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves. These strategies include improving cooling infrastructure, developing urban planning that reduces the effects of heat, and raising awareness among residents on how to cope with difficult climatic conditions, in addition to strengthening regional and international cooperation to adopt common and effective solutions. This is done by improving infrastructure and developing advanced cooling systems. Sustainable and increasing the capacity of electrical networks to handle the growing demand for air conditioning.

Sustainable urban planning also includes designing cities to reduce the impact of heat, for example by increasing the number of green areas and using building materials that reflect heat.

Awareness and education play a role in raising awareness among the population on how to adapt to heatwaves and avoid damage to health. Regional and international cooperation and working with the international community to adopt common strategies mitigate the effects of climate change.

More than 25 million people on the Arabian Peninsula are struggling with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius

God knows.

This article was originally written in Arabic and translated using an automated external service. ArabiaWeather is not responsible for any grammatical errors.