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One of the World’s Wealthiest Oil Exporters Is Becoming Unlivable

Thanks to climate change, temperatures in Kuwait could become too hot for people and wildlife in decades. How is this rich nation facing an uncomfortable future?

Residents shelter from the sun on Shuwaikh Beach in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Residents shelter from the sun on Shuwaikh Beach in Kuwait City, Kuwait

Photographer: Bassam Zidan Ahlawy/Bloomberg
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Trying to catch a bus at the Maliya station in Kuwait City can be unbearable in the summer.

About two-thirds of the city’s buses pass through the hub, and schedules are unreliable. Fumes from bumper-to-bumper traffic fill the air. Small shelters offer refuge to a handful of people, if they squeeze. Dozens end up standing in the sun, sometimes using umbrellas to shield themselves.