21 Jul '11, 5pm

Heat, Drought, Famine All Part of Coming 'Exponential' Increase Of Climate-Related Disasters

Heat, Drought, Famine All Part of Coming 'Exponential' Increase Of Climate-Related Disasters

The UN Security Council just issued a timidly worded statement (dilluted by objections from Russia and China, who were worried that climate change doesn't properly fall under the Security Council mandate) that climate change has "possible security implications". But UNEP executive director Achim Steiner stated the situation more bluntly--and was more in line with what the military in the United States has said and the militaries of several European nations have also said on the threat from climate change, it's worth noting. Steiner said that climate change will "exponentially" increase the scale of natural disasters, the BBC reported. The current situation in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia is already "proving a challenge" to our collective abilities to handle such events, "particularly if they occur simultaneously and start affecting, for instance, global food markets, region...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/heat-drought-fami...

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