Mideast temps rising 2X global avg.


**Rising Temperatures Turn Middle East Region Into Climate Hot Spot**
**New study shows Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean are growing hotter twice as fast as the global average**
**By Eric Niiler, The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 14, 2022**

**A populous region encompassing the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean has become a climate hot spot, with temperatures in recent years rising almost twice as fast as the global average, according to a new analysis of historical climate data and current observations.**

**The sun-scorched region, which spans more than a dozen countries with a collective population exceeding 400 million, has warmed at a rate of 0.81 degree Fahrenheit (0.45 degree Celsius) each decade since 1981, the analysis showed. The per-decade global average rose 0.49 degree F (0.27 degree C) in the same time frame. Temperatures in the region have risen faster than in Europe, North America and other highly populous parts of the globe....**

**Along with high humidity, extreme high temperatures in summer are now common in the region, which encompasses Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In June, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran experienced temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). In September 2020, a Kuwaiti city reached 127 degrees F (53 degrees C).....**

**Outdoor work becomes nearly impossible when the wet-bulb temperature — a scale that measures heat and humidity as well as cloud cover and other meteorological conditions — reaches 90 degrees F (32 degrees C), according to a 2020 study by researchers at Purdue University. Since 2005, the wet-bulb temperature in the Persian Gulf region has reached 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) nine times, according to a 2020 NASA study....When temperatures are getting close to the body temperature and the humidity is high, then the body cannot basically cool down...** [end quote]

The Middle East combines a large, dense population, widespread poverty, volatile ethnic and religious strife…and oil wealth which is concentrated in a few hands.

We were reminded of the destructive potential on September 11. When life is impossible for people, they may be attracted to extremist movements. Many have already fled, mostly to Europe.

The Eastern Mediterranean/Middle East region is one of several global hot spots where temperatures are rising faster than the global average. Others include Indonesia, southern Africa, the Amazon basin and the Arctic, which recent studies show is warming four times faster than the global average. All of these are sensitive regions where climate change can have worldwide ecological and/or Macroeconomic impact.

Heating of the Middle East may have near-term impacts. When people are desparate they do desparate things.

When it’s impossible to work outside and only the rich can afford air conditioning…what will the millions of poor people do?




The temperatures here in CT rose so hard and for this entire summer. The guys at the clubhouse who used to almost all say, “its a hoax”, said, “its here”, this summer. The guys were all done putting up a fight.

The point is we can make money fighting this. We’d be dumber than dirt to get in the way of that.

Perhaps there is a reason Saudi Arabia is building big, new cities that run on renewable energy sources.

Positive for Toyota, but not so much Germans

Last time I was in Oman, I asked a taxi driver why all the cars were Toyota products, while in Dubai they were mostly Mercedes and BMW. He answered, matter of factly “because it gets hot here and the German cars don’t work well in the heat and the Toyotas do”. I said that it also got hot in the UAE, but he said, “well here it gets over 55 degrees (C), but it doesn’t up there”. Based on my last summer visit to Italy, we might start seeing more Toyota products in countries north of Oman as well (as it felt like you could melt lead in the streets of Rome).

BTW, he said the Bedouins liked to drive Lexus (on the country’s one main road) “because they like to drive fast”.


Perhaps there is a reason Saudi Arabia is building big, new cities that run on renewable energy sources.

The United Arab Emirates is building renewables, but also nuclear for consistent carbon-free power. A consortium of South Korean companies is finishing final work at the Barakah site.


Hot functional testing of the fourth and final unit at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE has been completed, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced. The Korean-designed APR-1400 reactor is scheduled to start operating next year.

Barakah 1 and 2 are operational. Unit 3 is undergoing final testing prior to initial criticality.

  • Pete

Perhaps there is a reason Saudi Arabia is building big, new cities that run on renewable energy sources.

Neom: What’s the green truth behind a planned eco-city in the Saudi desert?
Glow-in-the dark beaches. Billions of trees planted in a country dominated by the desert. Levitating trains. A fake moon. A car-free, carbon-free city built in a straight line over 100 miles long in the desert. These are some of the plans for Neom - a futuristic eco-city that is part of Saudi Arabia’s pivot to go green. But is it all too good to be true? Neom claims to be a “blueprint for tomorrow in which humanity progresses without compromise to the health of the planet”. It’s a $500bn (£366bn) project, part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030…

Ali Shihabi, a former banker now on Neom’s advisory board, says the mega-territory will include a 170km (105m) long city, called The Line, which will run in a straight line through the desert…Much like Barcelona’s traffic-free “superblocks”, he explains that each square will be self-sufficient and contain amenities such as shops and schools so that anything people need will be a five-minute walk or cycle away…

The website claims that Neom will become “the world’s most food self-sufficient city”. It sets out a vision for vertical farming and greenhouses - revolutionary for a country that currently imports about 80% of its food…The “giga-project” is part of the crown prince’s vision of a greener Saudi Arabia. A week before the COP26 climate change negotiations he also launched the Saudi Green Initiative, announcing a target of achieving net zero emissions by 2060. That was initially seen as a major step forward in the climate community, but it didn’t stand up to scrutiny, says Dr Joanna Depledge…


1 Like

Perhaps there is a reason Saudi Arabia is building big, new cities that run on renewable energy sources.

Why burn oil when you can sell it? They have yet to find a way to export sunlight! LOL

The Captain