Could it be too hot in the future for the pilgrimage to Mecca?? The aid organization Islamic Relief fears exactly that. In view of the danger posed by increasing heat, the organization says there is a "moral and religious duty to act".
Ahead of the UN climate change conference in December, the aid organization Islamic Relief has highlighted the dangers of rising temperatures to the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Because the pilgrimage could soon become too dangerous due to increasing heat, there is a "moral and religious duty to act," the international network warned on Twitter on Saturday.
Deadly health risks feared
Islamic Relief points to a scientific study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that Mecca pilgrims could face deadly health risks. This would be especially the case if the month of pilgrimage (which changes according to the lunar calendar) fell in summer.
Researchers estimate that starting in 2045, 20 percent of pilgrimage days could experience heat and humidity levels that posed an "extreme risk"; starting in 2079, 42 percent of pilgrimage days could do so.