These Workers Toiling in 120-Degree Heat Are on Front Lines of Climate Change

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As the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean warm up faster than the rest of the world, migrant workers describe blistering conditions affecting their health

Haze hangs over Kuwait City, where humidity has risen in recent years and tops 90% on some days.


Chao Deng

| Photographs by Huda Abdulmughni for The Wall Street Journal

KUWAIT CITY—Ice-cream seller Ramadan Daber pops painkillers to relieve the headaches induced by this city’s merciless heat, as he waits for customers at his tricycle cart for nine hours at a stretch. Sometimes he can’t see because of the humidity. At other points he struggles to breathe. 

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