Jacobabad, a landlocked city in Pakistan’s Sindh Province nearly 340 miles north of Karachi, is pushing the limits of human livability on a warming planet. Since the beginning of March, an unprecedented heat wave has gripped India and Pakistan, affecting more than a billion people on the subcontinent. And Jacobabad has been among the cities worst hit, experiencing temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for 51 straight days. Last month, the temperature there reached 123.8 degrees. On three separate occasions before that, it reached 122 degrees. The 2022 heat wave in South Asia is already estimated to have caused more than 90 deaths in India and Pakistan, and to have resulted in glacial melts in northern Pakistan and reduced wheat yields in India. According to a recent report published by the World Weather Attribution Initiative, the onset of the heat wave was made 30 times more likely by climate change.
Also this week, an Inside Climate News analysis of emissions data from a gas storage facility in Petal, Mississippi found that the facility releases half a ton of a potent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere every hour—more than any other gas storage facility in the country. Over a 20-year time frame, emissions from the Petal Gas Storage Station equal the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 87,000 automobiles, more vehicles than the population of Petal and its neighbor, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, combined.