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Global Warming Spreads Deserts, Shrinks Arable Lands and Floods Cities
China's Growing Desert
Spread of Deserts Requires Quick Response
Enough fertile land could turn into desert within the next generation to create an "environmental crisis of global proportions," large-scale migrations and political instability in parts of Africa and Central Asia unless current trends are quickly stemmed, a few United Nations report concludes. Here's a link to Elisabeth Rosenthal's article in today's NY Times.
Global Warming Also Likely to Endanger Coastal Cities the World Over
Because glaciers are melting faster than previously believed scientists say that sea levels may rise by three feet by the end of the century, flooding coastal areas and cities in the United States and in other countries around the world.
11-14-10NYTimes--Glaciers Melt, Seas Rise
- Scientists Seek Data on Rising Seas
As a result of recent calculations, many scientists now say that sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100 an increase that, should it come to pass, would pose a threat to coastal regions the world over.