Climate change is an issue that affects all of us, and governments and authorities are being urged to take immediate measures to prevent drastic changes to our environment. Now, the findings of this new study show exactly why we need to act quickly before it’s too late.
A report that was recently published by ETH Zurich has become the first study to analyse how some cities’ climate conditions will shift as an effect of climate change.
Speaking to National Geographic, one of the researchers involved in this study, Tom Crowther, said,
“We wanted to know what’s the most conservative estimate of what the climate will be for 520 major cities in 2050. The changes we found are huge.”
The study found that by 2050, Europe will have much warmer summers and winters, with average temperatures rising by 3.5°C and 4.7°C respectively.
An even more alarming finding predicted that tropical cities, mainly Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Rangoon, and Singapore, will be experiencing “unprecedented climate conditions” like extreme weather events and intense droughts.
In the Middle East, things also don’t look good as the study predicts this region will become even hotter and drier by 2050, impacting food production. The drastic weather change could also affect the ability of cities in the region to provide enough water and cooling.
A study that was previously carried out by the United Nations’ (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also predicted a bleak future in light of rapid climate change. It was found that countries in Southeast Asia will experience increased flooding by 2040 and that residents in tropical countries would have to rapidly evacuate to other nations.
Read ETH Zurich’s complete study here to find out more.
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