Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Will the future be worse than we thought?


European commission was warning that if global warming continued it would trigger regional conflicts, poverty, famine and migration, as a result of climate change.
In the wake of the 2006 Stern report in the UK, the commission also forecast a spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, as a result of water shortages and poor quality.
The death-toll in all parts of the world as a result of climate change will rise sharply.

Result from global warming trend.

* Loss of food production
Droughts. African crops slump 15% to 35%. Global production falls 10%

* Increased flooding
Sea levels rise by up to 59cm. Bangladesh and Vietnam worst hit, along with coastal cities such as London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Calcutta and Karachi.
1.8m people at risk from coastal flooding in Britain alone.
* Melting ice
Half the Arctic tundra at risk. Europe loses 80% of alpine glaciers. West Antarctic ice sheet and the Greenland ice sheet start to melt.

* Loss of land species

20-50% of la
nd species threatened with extinction.

* Wate
r shortages
Fresh water availability halved in southern Africa and Mediterranean.

* Hurricanes more powerful
Wind strengths increasing 15-25%. Great damage to infrastructure.

From Europe the strategies against the Global Warming.

The super plan arrives in order "to fight weather changes".
Like the United States made in the 1930s, also Europe is p
repared to an epochal change of the human habits to cohabit with the climatic changes.
The European Commission, has therefore defined the strategies of the next years and delineated - not without alarmisms - as how we must prepar
e ourselves, to face the new climatic conditions that in the course of XXI century will change our daily life: cutting wastes of water, raising dams but also moving ports and entire cities to risk of floods.

For Brussels, we soon will have to prepare us to live in a territory marked from storms, hurricanes, floods, droughts, fires, scarcities and new diseases, as much "an immediate action will carry economic benefits anticipating the damages and diminishing the threats to the ecosystem, the health, the development, the private property and infrastructures".
A lot must be made in a hurry also because, if we had to begin late to accept the European plan, we would put at risk, the emergency and the entire social and economic system of the continent.

For this reason the EU Commission is ready to put in field a series of measures, from softest to those radicals, that they will be involved the regional, local Brussels, the governments, authorities and all the citizens.
Part from the so-called "soft actions", as the cut to wastes water, the change of the seeds rotations of the harvests, and the use of resistant seeds to the droughts.

In order to arrive to those "hard" and much expensive, like the elevation of the banks of channels and dams, the movement of ports, industries and city constructed in particularly low coastal areas or at risk of floods, let alone the construction of new electric power plants in order to replace those hydroelectric, destined to close.

Europe are aware "that our planet is a risk"
"Protecting the environment" is the key world for a better future, but what about the United States, are we taking enough steps to insure us, a better and safe environment in the next centuries?

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Cindy Breninger said...

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Red said...

Thanks,Cindy for adding my blog in your favorities links.
Very kind of you.


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