A re-fashioned meeting on the threats of climate change to human health, canceled after the election of Donald Trump as president, got underway in Atlanta on Thursday, with former Vice President Al Gore, the event organizer, warning that some well-populated areas of the planet are on the verge of becoming uninhabitable.
Those spot include the holiest cities of Islam, Gore said.
The multi-day climate summit was originally to be held at the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but was canceled last year, after Trump’s election. Trump has been a climate change skeptic.
Today’s slimmed-down event was held at the Carter Center, with Gore offering a keynote summary of the day’s topics of discussion. Said Gore:
“This is a relatively new finding, that in some areas of the Middle East and north Africa, there will be, according to the scientific predictions, areas that will no longer be fit for human habitation – beyond the limits for human survival.
“The holy cities of Mecca and Medina are in this zone. Two years in Iran, the heat index – the combination of temperature and humidity – reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit…No human being can live for more than a few hours outdoors in those conditions.