Because of climate change, the probability of heat waves in Asia increases 30 times

Because of climate change, the probability of heat waves in Asia increases 30 times
Because of climate change, the probability of heat waves in Asia increases 30 times
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According to a study published today, Wednesday, that climate change has increased the probability of 30 times the occurrence of deadly heat waves such as those witnessed in Bangladesh, India, Laos and Thailand last month.

And a rise in temperatures was recorded in parts of India last month, reaching above 44 degrees Celsius in mid-April, with at least 11 deaths recorded in Mumbai attributed to heatstroke in one day, while Dhaka in Bangladesh recorded the hottest day in nearly 60 years. .

According to the study conducted by the “World Weather Education Group”, the city of Tak in Thailand recorded the highest temperature in its history at 45.4 degrees, while the province of Sainipoli in Laos recorded 42.9 degrees Celsius, which is a national record.

Two deaths were reported in Thailand, but the real toll may be higher, as high temperatures caused many to be hospitalized, and the poor and vulnerable were the most affected.

The study, conducted by international climatologists, looked at the average maximum temperatures and the maximum heat index that includes humidity, and the group confirmed in a statement that “in both regions, the researchers found that climate change made the probability of a wet heat wave 30 times more likely, with higher temperatures.” 2 degrees Celsius lower than it would be without climate change.

“Until greenhouse gas emissions are halted, global temperatures will continue to rise and events like this will become more frequent and intense,” the statement added.

The analysis also found that in India and Bangladesh, while it previously occurred once every hundred years, this phenomenon can be expected to recur once every five years due to human-caused climate change.

For Laos and Thailand, if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees – as they will in 30 years if emissions are not cut quickly – this will happen every 20 years, compared to once every two centuries, the study said.

“We see time and time again that climate change is dramatically increasing the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, one of the world’s deadliest weather events,” said Friederke Otto of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, co-author of the study.

“However, heat action plans are being introduced very slowly in the world. Adaptation actions must be an absolute priority everywhere, but especially where high humidity enhances the impact of heatwaves.”