South Asia could be too hot for human survival by 2100

Much of South Asia with more than 1.5 billion population including Bangladesh, northern India and southern Pakistan would be so hot for human survival by 2100 due to climate change.


Based on a computer simulation study by MIT scientists, it has learned that if the current state of climate change keeps its pace, people of these projected areas would face severe heatwaves starting in the next couple of decades.

The hunger will strike Indus and Ganges basins including some world’s densely populated areas as crops yields will be reduced to a great extent, they warned.

South Asia will face a 60 per cent rise by the end of this century if much more about mitigation isn’t done.


MIT professor Eltahir told the journalists about the study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances that though the heat will be felt worldwide these areas will bear the brunt of impacts.

The study co-author Eltahir said a deadly heat wave in 2015 that killed roughly 3,500 people in India and Pakistan over a few months was only the tip of the iceberg.

“In the sense that much more frequent and severe heat waves are coming”, he said.


The Gulf region is projected as the world’s hottest region by 2100 due to climate change.

Small wealthy population in this region will be better able to respond to rising heat than in South Asia.

The people in South Asia will be forced to move due to the changes.

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