Friday, May 18, 2012

'Israel could be flooded with refugees due to droughts'

Billie Frenkel in Ynet: Israel must prepare for a situation in which it will become a passage to Europe for refugees escaping drought and rising ocean levels in Egypt, Jordan, and North Africa, a report prepared by the Climate Change Information Center and presented this week to Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan warns.

The report was compiled in response to the center's grim environmental forecast published in January of this year, which predicted that climate change would cause rising temperatures, decreased rainfall, desertification of southern Israel, increased heat waves, and flooding.

The report recommends a number of courses of action regarding water, health, biodiversity, climate, green construction, geostrategy, and economics. The experts see the problems presented by climate change as an opportunity to "turn climate change concerns and threats into a springboard to move ahead with projects that Israel should push anyway" – such as increasing the water supply and securing the country's supply of food and energy....

The Western Wall in Jerusalem, shot by Wayne McLean (jgritz), Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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