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Higher temperatures: shrinking water and live in places where human life doesn’t flourish

Higher record breaking temperatures and extreme weather events in the Northern hemisphere are hitting the headlines day after day.

But not really surprising scientists. The academia - and even one US president from the seventies (picture below) - have been reporting all that for decades now.

More recently, atmospheric scientists are saying that, on top of human-caused climate change from the burning of fossil fuels, and things such as the gradual reduction of Earth’s albedo, we have now El Niño warming the Pacific Ocean up. And making traditional mild temperature regions of the World feel like “tropical areas”. But what was special about El Niño this time? It started months earlier, therefore with conditions to “grow more”. On top a record low of the ice in the Artic, Antarctica and glaciers all over the World, reducing the atmosphere’s “counter-balances”. Or “defenses” towards current human live conditions status quo.

Global temperature rise could see billions live in places where human life doesn’t flourish.

This is what the new climate study “Quantifying the human cost of global warming” published by Nature Sustainability indicates. More 2.7 °C in warming by 2100, would leave 22% of the world's population outside the so-called human climate niche, where the mean annual temperature would be hotter than 29 °C (84 °F), where people won't be able to comfortably live.

Heat will be also linked to impaired learning, adverse pregnancy outcomes and decreased labor productivity, crop yield potential, and cognitive performance. Links are also observed to increased mortality, conflict, hate speech, migration and infectious disease spread.

Could Siberia - known for its harsh cold weather - become a new agricultural frontier? Who knows.

By the way, also the world’s largest lakes are shrinking dramatically. And in a study at Science, researchers say they have figured out why: climate warming, increasing evaporative demand, and human water consumption, whereas sedimentation dominates storage losses in reservoirs.


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Madame Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) Chemist & physicist. French, born Polish.

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