Monday, November 15, 2010

The Flood

"Flooding could displace entire communities in Alexandria and the low-lying Nile Delta, the fertile agricultural heartland of Egypt’s 79 million people.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that the Mediterranean will rise 30 cm to 1 metre this century.

More than half of Egypt’s people live within 100 km of the coast. A 2007 World Bank study estimated that a one-metre sea level rise could displace 10% of the population.

Officials say salt water could submerge or soak 10 to 12% of farmland in the world’s largest wheat importer."

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