In what could be the result of global warming and extreme drought conditions which seem to continue to grow on a global scale, leaving farmers world
wide with shortages of available crops and even worse, combined with world population growth scientists now warn that these severe drought conditions
could now become "simi-permanent" under climate change.
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In a stark message for world leaders who meet in Gleneagles next week to discuss global warming, Wulf Killman, chairman of the UN food and agriculture
organisation's climate change group, said the droughts that have devastated crops across Africa, central America and south-east Asia in the past year
are part of an emerging pattern.
"Africa is our greatest worry," he said. "Many countries are already in difficulties ... and we see a pattern emerging. Southern Africa is
definitely becoming drier and everyone agrees that the climate there is changing. We would expect areas which are already prone to drought to become
drier with climate change."
The food and agriculture organisation and the US government, both of which monitor global food shortages, agree that 34 countries are now experiencing
droughts and food shortages and others could join them. Up to 30 million people will need assistance because of the droughts and other natural
disasters such as the Asian tsunami.
The worst affected countries include Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eritrea and Zambia, a group of countries where at least 15 million people will go
hungry without aid. The situation in Niger, Djibouti and Sudan is reported to be deteriorating rapidly. Many countries have had their worst harvests
in more than 10 years and are experiencing their third or fourth severe drought in a few years, the UN said.
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If true, perhaps starvation in the future could be a far greater threat to humanity than terrorism or war.
This could be nature's way of controlling our population.. or could it be a part of our own undoing?
Mankind can survive wars, and many other things... can humanity survive the ultimate climate change.. extreme global warming, followed by a thousand
years of ice age?
How many will we watch starve to death this time while we look the other way?
On a personal level.. the global warming may or may not have a great deal to do with these starving nations.. I am wondering what is or can be done
about it now?
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[edit on 29-6-2005 by UM_Gazz]