Irrigation and climate change may trigger deadly heatwaves in China

Research from MIT has found that if climate change continues unchecked then large parts of northern China pushing against the boundaries of habitability by the end of the century due to frequent heatwaves.

The affected area, known as the North China Plain, is home to around 400 million people and is a key agricultural producing region.

The study shows that the risk of deadly heat waves is significantly increased because of intensive irrigation in this relatively dry but highly fertile region.

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