A climate scientist on India and Pakistan’s horror heatwave, and the surprising consequences of better air quality

Sun, 29 May 2022 05:52:15 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The record-shattering heatwave that engulfed most of India and Pakistan
through March and April brought temperatures exceeding 45℃ in many areas,
leading to critical electricity and water shortages.

Indeed, the maximum temperatures forecast for Delhi, India, will continue to
reach over 40℃ for several days. The severe heat has strained healthcare
systems across both nations, which are already stretched due to the continuing
high numbers of COVID cases.

Temperatures overall have eased back to near-average in the last few days, but
unfortunately as the planet continues to warm, such extreme heat will become
more commonplace.

This is particularly dire for India and Pakistan, as steps to improve air
quality is an added factor that will actually increase temperatures during
heatwaves. Let’s take a closer look at why this heatwave is exceptional, and
what the future may hold for the region."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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