Friday, March 07, 2008

UN: Climate danger for Middle East, North Africa

Wagdy Sawahel
Source: SciDev.Net

Climate change is likely to cause agricultural losses in the Middle East and North Africa, threatening the food security of many countries, the UN has warned.
A report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released at a conference in Cairo, Egypt, this week (1–5 March), reviews studies and models of predicted climate-change impacts over the period 1980–99 and for 2080–99 — including reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
According to the report, more than 80 per cent of models show that water availability in the regions will decrease by up to 40 millimetres per year. With rainfall decreasing, growing seasons will be shorter for farmers.

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