Wet bulb temperatures & survivability

This article outlines a report that gives a tangible illustration of what global warming will do to South Asia if it continues and green house gas emissions are not brought under control. Wet bulb temperatures of 35C are the threshold for survivability for we humans whose 37C normal temperatures cannot be maintained at the 35C wet bulb reading as body heat cannot be dissipated. Climate models suggest that the overpopulated sub-continent of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh would be the most affected regions by the end of this century.

This study really makes very concrete the disatrous consequences of continuing inaction to curb carbon emissions made worse by the powerful fossil fuel lobby that has persuaded the US President and Congress to maintain ‘business as usual’.

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