PHOTO: Rub' al Khali desert in the Arabian Peninsula

In a study of high-resolution climate models by Prof. Elfatih Eltahir and alumnus Jeremy Pal ‘97, it has been revealed that parts of the Persian Gulf region could be hit with unprecedented events of deadly heat as a result of climate change. The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change,concludes that the Persian Gulf’s shallow water and intense sun make it a regional hotspot where climate change, in absence of significant mitigation, is likely to impact human habitability. Eltahir says this threshold “has, as far as we know … never been reported for any location on Earth.” Read the articleWatch the video.