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NIJMEGEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Building higher and stronger dykes will not be enough to protect the world's low-lying areas against rising sea levels and global warming, a conference heard on Wednesday.
Countries should also develop disaster management to raise safety and awareness, officials told an international conference on flood defenses in the Netherlands, one of the world's lowest-lying countries.
Many scientists fear rising temperatures, blamed mainly on heat-trapping gases from burning fossil fuels, will melt ice caps, raise sea levels by almost a meter (three feet) by the end of this century and bring more floods, droughts and storms.
Originally posted by xpert11
Who cares if a few poor nations are lost to the waves?
At best first world countries waste aid money on corrupt governmnets at worst these countries arent capable of self governce. Mayabe if corrupation wasnt rifle thrid world governments would look for soloutions rather then siting on there hands.
The ex pat communities will end up living in the likes of Aust & NZ.
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
You're kidding, right?
- You do know that all the world's major cities (rich and poor) are all built in low-lying areas and are at great threat from rising sea levels, hmm?
I am aware of that fact and the countries that suffer from less corrupation and have more $$ will have the means deal with rising sea levels.
- There is but one world.
Whilst you may care little for the people in those third world countries you might at least notice that the world's lungs (the great forests) are mainly situated there.
- What makes you think either are going to be especially favourable to habitation on such a massive scale with rising temperatures (ie greater and growing desertification) and rising sea-levels (which affects the underground water tables no matter what you do with sea walls)?