Uninhabitable Middle East From Climate, SeeMoreRocks Podcast

Article on, ‘Parts of the Middle East Will Soon Become Uninhabitable From Climate Change‘, followed by nice a pair of podcasts on SeeMoreRocks, with Robbin Westenra on SoundCloud:

This past summer water temperatures in the region were 33 degrees Celsius. When they reach 35 C or greater the coastlines will not be able to sustain life, since they will cause wet-bulb temperatures of 35 C. At this temperature, with 100% humidity sweating is not able to occur, body core temperature rises and death results in 6 hours or so.

The science is very clear on this. Of course you could adapt to this (sarcasm). By wearing a spacesuit like apparatus with a water cooled system. Or never venture outside of your air-conditioned building. Perhaps people can live underground in a network of tunnels. I would prefer to avoid this…


‘The moment you leave your air-conditioned home, the scalding heat will hit you as if you’d been sealed in an oven. Minutes later, your clothes will be soaked with sweat that hardly evaporates. Within six hours of continuous exposure, you’ll lose consciousness and die.

‘This is the grim future of the Middle East, according to a new paper from Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Elfatih Eltahir and Loyola Marymount University environmental scientist Jeremy Pal published online this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.’  Article: ‘Scientists Say Climate Change Could Render the Middle East Almost Uninhabitable by 2100 continues in full here.  The imprimatur of MIT is hardly a joke.
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Discussing abrupt climate change with Paul Beckwith // Podcasts and mention by Robbin Robin Westenra’s, See More Rocks post, Tuesday, 11 August 2015,

‘I have never met Paul Beckwith before so I was delighted when he agreed to a You Tube discussion.

‘We had a free ranging discussion on the science on what is happening in the Arctic, changes to ocean circulation patterns in the Pacific, the el-Nino – and how all this relates to the Southern Hemisphere in general.’

‘When we to the end of our conversation we found we had more to say so recorded a second segment.’


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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2 Responses to Uninhabitable Middle East From Climate, SeeMoreRocks Podcast

  1. Kevin lister says:

    This leads to an interesting question. We talk much about the instability that will be caused when billions of poverty sicken people have to escape places such as Bangladesh, but we don’t talk about the impact of thousands of billionaires becoming climate change refugees. I fear they will become a much bigger source of instability.


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