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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Our disappearing beaches - an effect from global warming

Very much related to my previous post of environment-related issue is our diminishing coastline.

I just read this article, and it reminded me of seeing a shrinking beach at an alarming pace (in less than 20 years span) in the Peloponnesos peninsula.

The news of alert on the rising of Mediterranean water is indeed found easily by my simple search on the internet. Scientists have predicted that rural towns and urban areas along Egypt's northern coast will be flooded, turning millions of people into environmental refugees and threatening some of the country's ancient landmarks. So it is obvious that global warming leads to rising sea water, which in turn will destroy low lying areas and cause migration and environmental refugees.

Other negative effect on our environment that has surprised me includes that the researchers have calculated that the energy required to produce bottled water is up to 2,000 times more than the energy required to producing tap water, but the consumer trend of buying bottled water is increasing at those countries that clean water are readily available and can be filtered.

Environmental problem is everywhere in the world and politicians must pay close attentions to scientists’ warnings as well as negotiation details when they make public policies on environmental issues.

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