Blog Early Warning discusses a new study, from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, laying out the most severe of climate change possibilities. Using a figure called “wet bulb temperature,” it assigns 1 in 20 odds to a doomsday situation in which a combination of higher temperature and oppressive humidity could make the majority of Earth unfit for human life a century from now:
If you were outside for an extended period during the hottest days of the year, even in the shade with wet clothing, you would die.To give you a feeling for the likely uninhabitable regions…it includes most of the eastern US, much of inland Brazil and Latin America, tropical Africa, pretty much all of India, portions of northern China, and most of Australia.
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