EU : apocalyptic view of climate change (Google / Prensa Latina)

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Europe’s apocalyptic view of climate change

Brussels, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) The European Union presented a nearly apocalyptic view of the world as a result of climate change, even if greenhouse emissions are reduced. The report, jointly drawn up by the office of EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and the Commission warns the European Union against those risks and the consequences for its future, which will be threatened by uncontrollable waves of immigrants. The report will be presented on Monday to the Foreign and General Affairs Council of the Union, and to the Council of Heads of States and Government on Thursday. The document predicts a 20-percent decrease in the world’s Gross Domestic Product, because of increased sea levels in regions with major coastal infrastructure like China, India, the Caribbean and Central America. It also says the already small cultivable land in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Sahel has shrunk 75 percent, a situation that will result in mass migrations.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, climate change will also cause salinization and desertification in areas that are now cultivable, thus leading to a drop in agricultural production and a reduction in fishing and coral reefs. The escalation of natural and human disasters will also exert “huge pressure” on the donors’ aid and emergency operations.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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