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...It was too hot for the planes to safely take off. Higher temperatures cause thinner air, making it harder for the aircraft to take off and stay aloft. Could a similar situation apply to human beings in the workplace? How long can people continue working safely as temperatures rise? And what about those who have little choice regarding the job they hold? If current trends hold, it will become so hot that parts of West Asia will become inhospitable to human life by the end of the century. In the region’s hottest area—northern India, southern Pakistan and Bangladesh—where 1.5 billion people live, the vast majority of people make a living in jobs that involve heavy manual labour. Agriculture alone represents one in three of the world’s workers, most of them in the tropics. And it’s not just West Asia that’s heating up. Heatwaves are occurring with alarming frequency, including in parts of the US, coastal Australia and the African Sahel. ...Live Mint on Nov. 9, 2017, 12:06 a.m.
...Amidst power cuts, a searing hot wind blows. The feeling cannot be described or forgotten: of being restless and trapped. There is no relief from that humidity, sweat and exhaustion. It is burning, always and everywhere. We try to live through the day, to survive, but many are not so lucky. As climate change intensifies, such extreme heat waves will get worse. Globally, 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been since 2000, and heat waves have taken a mounting toll. Heat wave deaths happen everywhere. In the US, they cause more deaths than all other natural disasters combined. Normally cool Europe lost 70,000 people in 2003 and snowy Russia lost 56,000 in 2010. In developing countries, heat waves are even more insidious. ...TOI on April 28, 2017, 2 a.m.