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ABC Presents ‘Victims Of Climate Change’

Get out your handkerchiefs because ABC News is determined to convince you that “Global Warming Poses Refugee Crisis.”

And behold their irrefutable proof:

Climate change may displace up to a billion people by 2050, according to a prediction by the Christian Aid agency, raising serious questions in a world still trying to respond to the 10 million refugees and 25 million internally displaced people.

Fatema and Mojida return with drinking water to the village of Pankhali, Bangladesh. Rising sea levels and the salinization of the soil is beginning to pollute underground water sources, forcing women to travel further and further to find drinking water.

Forced by adverse weather conditions, hundreds of thousands of migrants head for Dhaka where they take up low-skilled, dangerous and poorly paid work in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dhaka, however, is also threatened by rising sea levels and the changing patterns of the monsoon.

Global warming is melting the permafrost on which this village is built in Shishmaref, Alaska.

Mina Weyliouanna holds up a photograph of her grandparents in front of the house where she grew up in Shishmaref, Alaska. The house has just collapsed because of the melting permafrost.

A boy sits in front of a glacial lake in Nepal. According to a report by WWF, the Himalayan glaciers are retreating on average 32 to 50 feet per year. They are among the world’s fastest retreating glaciers, due to global warming. This accelerated melting of the “roof of the world” poses several threats to Nepal. In the next five to 10 years, up to 20 glacial lakes risk breaking their natural barriers and flooding the valleys below.

A fishermen works in the deepest part of Lake Chad, which is now only 6.5 feet deep, near Chad. Once the fourth largest lake in Africa, Lake Chad has lost 80 percent of its surface area over the past 30 years with the weakening of the monsoon. The drying out of Lake Chad is preventing the fish from growing to their full size.

Strong westerly winds are fairly rare at Fongafale island in Funafuti, Tuvalu. When they do occur, they can cause an increase in the high tide, causing devastating flooding for the local community which lives off their gardens. Residents have been forced to flee their homes, many to New Zealand and Australia.

There are 2,000 islands in the archipelago, only 200 of which are inhabited in the Maldives. Far from the capital Male and its protective sea walls, they are threatened by the rising sea levels and related erosion. The people from these islands will be the first climate refugees of the Maldives.

The coral reef, which functions like a natural levy bank against the waves, is essential to the islands in the Maldives. Rising ocean temperatures can be fatal to coral as shown here.

Of course someday we will look back on all of this and laugh.

That is, unless our lives have been unduly affected by this “Chicken Little” hysteria.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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