Egypt Struggling with Global Warming as Nile Delta Becomes Wasteland
January 28, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ Rising seawaters are raising havoc in Egypt, turning the Nile Delta into a salty marsh and forcing farmers off their lands.
To combat rising sea levels, the farmers who decide to stay and fight the tide are importing sand to stave off the salty sea in an effort to protect the land. Experts say a rise of only 30cm to the sea level over the next 15 years would flood 200 square kilometers and displace 500,000 people, effectively ending 70,000 agricultural jobs.
While climate experts are saying Egypt could have 7 million refugees by the end of the century, the government is taking a more hands-off, wait-and-see approach to the matter. The Nile Delta provides a third of Egypt’s crops, with most of these foods exported to generate revenue.
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