In fact, it is not too hard, because then all the activities will have to be done inside. Either that or perish.
The earth is getting hotter and hotter and we see its consequences emerging more and more clearly. Natural disasters became extreme, storms were strong with great frequency, forest fires showed no sign of extinction, while the ice at both poles was gradually melting.
According to a report published in October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a rise of just 0.5 degrees C in global temperature is enough to cause devastating effects. Drought areas will suffer more, the frequency of storms will increase and could even trigger the 6th great extinction in history.
In short, the rise in temperature will make life on Earth more and more difficult, especially in tropical soils. So what if the Earth’s temperature one day is high enough that humans cannot live outside?
If you want to know what that future looks like, come to Dubai, thanks to the experience of Business Insider reporter Harrison Jacobs.
The hot city of the future
Jacobs arrived in Dubai in November, the first thing he noticed was that the weather was harsh, but what surprised him was how the city has adapted to it. He felt that in the future, when the Earth gets too hot, maybe everyone will live like the people here.
Dubai has a pretty long summer – from mid-April to the end of October, but unlike summer in Hanoi, Dubai is warm enough that no creature can stand it after a few minutes outside. The temperature around this time often dropped to around 41 degrees C, or even up to 48 degrees, while the humidity in the air was very high, causing feelings of extreme frustration.
And their adaptation like? Simply put, all activities take place in the home, including shopping or entertainment. This is possible in Dubai, because they have an air conditioning system made up of 65 shopping centers, residential areas, offices, parking lots … linked together.
In other words, in Dubai you can live every day, every week of summer without ever going out – at least for the office worker. From your apartment, you go down to the parking lot of the building, you go to the office, you park your car (also in the building), then you go quietly to the office in the cool, air-conditioned space.
The system has both markets and malls, so you can shop comfortably without having to be exposed to the scorching sun. If you want to be entertained, the Dubai Mall will be a good choice. The $ 2 billion building has 1,200 stores, hundreds of restaurants, cinemas, hotels, parks … all on the same campus.
At this point, maybe a lot of people will wonder if it is not good to keep breathing air. But in fact, Dubai’s outer space simulation technology is highly developed and they plan to apply it to the next mega-projects.
For example, Dubai Square – which will become the largest shopping mall in the world – will be on a 4-lane “boulevard” that simulates the street. Inside there will be a plaza, a theater, and even the largest Chinatown in the Middle East (Chinatown).
Dubai Square project
“In the UAE, the mall is like a public space, not just a place to shop,” said Justin Thomas, professor of psychology at Zayed University (UAE).
“It’s a place a family of three generations can spend an evening, it’s a gathering place for clubs.”
However, not everyone is so lucky. Dubai has hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, and of course, they can’t live in such luxurious neighborhoods all day. For them, life in Dubai can become hell, as the sweltering summer heat here is extremely terrible.
James commented, with what Dubai is going through and has done, if the Earth gets warmer in the future, humanity wants to survive, it has to become the same. In other words, all activities will be done in the house and it can only serve one part of the society.
The article is based on the personal opinion of Business Insider reporter Harrison James.