America Really Wanted Iraq’s Basra for Oil That’s Now Making It Uninhabitable | Juan Cole

Basra has seen temperatures as high as 122°F this month (50°C). Scientists believe that a combination of 122°F and 80% humidity is fatal to human beings, Luckily for the people of Basra, in August it is very dry, so humidity is probably in the mid-30s. Well, enduring 122°F with no air conditioning because of brownouts isn’t actually maybe very lucky, but it is better than being killed. The problem is that the temperatures will continue to rise as long as we put into the atmosphere billions of tons of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels like petroleum and by releasing methane from oil drilling sites.

Source: Opinion | America Really Wanted Iraq’s Basra for Oil That’s Now Making It Uninhabitable | Juan Cole

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