Extreme rains in Oman and UAE linked to climate change

A recent study suggests climate change, driven by fossil fuel emissions, likely intensified the unprecedented rains in Oman and the UAE, causing significant destruction and fatalities.

Al Jazeera reports.


In short:

  • The World Weather Attribution's analysis points to climate change as the main driver behind the recent extreme weather in the UAE and Oman, marking a significant increase in rainfall intensity.
  • This catastrophic event resulted in the deaths of 25 people across both countries and disrupted major infrastructure, including Dubai's international airport.
  • The report emphasizes that no other factors besides global warming have been identified to explain the surge in precipitation.

Key quote:

“The UAE and Oman floods have shown that even dry regions can be strongly affected by precipitation events, a threat that is increasing with increasing global warming due to fossil fuel burning.”

— Sonia Seneviratne, WWA member and professor at Zurich’s ETH university

Why this matters:

Climate change may be altering weather patterns, shifting the paths of storms and worsening the intensity of rainfalls. This shift disrupts typical weather in regions like typically arid regions like Oman and the UAE and poses significant environmental and health challenges, such as increased risk of floods and waterborne diseases.

The history of climate and human health gives us a glimpse of the dramatically amplified risks we face if present trends continue.

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