Faster than average temperature rises in the Middle East risk deepened inequality and dissent unless investment is redirected towards climate change prevention
While the Middle East region is no stranger to extreme temperatures and weather events, several developments in 2021 have helped drive home the region’s vulnerability to climate change.
There has been an acute uptick in the type of natural disasters often aggravated by climate change, including wildfires in Algeria, Israel, and Lebanon in the past year.
As one of the world’s hotter and more arid regions, much of the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) is already vulnerable to power shortages in summer, as temperatures and air-conditioning demand rise. Water scarcity is also common, as low rainfall, frequent droughts and aquifer depletion stress water systems. Read more here
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