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South Asia will suffer lethal heat waves ‘too hot for human survival’ by 2100, scientists warn

A fifth of the world’s population could be forced to migrate from Asia due to climate change by the end of the century, scientists have warned.

Extreme heatwaves that can kill healthy people within hours will start striking parts of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh unless global carbon emissions are cut drastically, according to the new research.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that densely-populated areas in the Indus and Ganges river basins will be the worst affected, leading to reduced crop yields.

“Climate change is not an abstract concept, it is impacting huge numbers of vulnerable people,” MIT professor Elfatih Eltahir told the Thomas Reuters Foundation.

Brian Evans

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