Speaking at the COP26 Summit held in Glasgow, Scotland, Prof. Dr. Jos Lelieveld said that the extreme heat will get much worse and that it will be impossible to survive without air conditioning due to the decrease in humidity in some countries.
Lelieveld noted that the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean region, including Turkey, is already bad and that extreme temperatures will lead to worse results.
The third day of the United Nations (UN) Climate Conference (COP26), which will last for 12 days in total, has passed.
Dutch atmospheric chemist Prof. Dr. Johannes “Jos” Lelieveld said that in the coming years, they will witness “extreme climate events” in different geographies of the world and in different countries due to global warming.
Lelieveld, who made important statements to Euronews about the climate crisis that the world is currently in, warned that there will be extreme heat that can lead to human deaths and unexpected forest fires will occur, especially in regions where there is no humidity.
Lelieveld said, “This is very natural and extreme climate events will get much worse. But the thing that worries me the most is the extreme heat. Because in some cases the weather will get to such a bad point that people will not be able to survive without air conditioning. ” he said.
prof. Lelieveld stated that the weather events especially in the North Africa, Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean regions will be much more severe, “Because these regions are already dry and the temperatures are increasing gradually.” used the phrases.
Stating that the reason for the extreme heat is the lack of humidity, Lelieveld said, “Everything depends on the humidity. Because there is no evaporation to cool the air. In addition, the extensive movement due to the monsoon rains seen in Africa and Asia makes the regions that I just mentioned warm up much faster. “As Western European countries will receive more precipitation, floods and floods will occur in these regions. In other words, while there will be more precipitation than normal in Europe, there will be less precipitation in North Africa, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean regions.”
“This is why the winter season will be milder than before. You can see this as an advantage. However, we will face different situations in countries where the winter months are mild.”
prof. Lelieveld said that the climate change in question has reached an irreversible point, and that the only thing humanity can do is to limit certain practices:
“We cannot change adverse weather conditions to a large extent. In this context, there is no turning back. Because carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are increasing gradually.”
“The only application we can do is to develop a method to clean these gases from the atmosphere. However, this will be very expensive. And besides, climate change will have its impact for a long time because such natural events are seen in the long term. Therefore, what needs to be done for now is not to experience more climate change. striving for it and adapting to the situation.”
In recent years, seeking solutions to issues related to climate change and global warming and shifting his studies to this direction, Prof. Lelieveld had coordinated major field measurement campaigns in hot regions in terms of atmospheric chemistry and climate, such as the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Amazon, and the Middle East. Jos Lelieveld is currently Head of the Department of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry.