Thursday, December 10, 2009


The other day i mentioned the documentary The Great Warming. One part that stunned me was the Bangladesh stats.

80% of the country is a flood plain. A sea level rise of just 0.5m would make about 1/6th of the country uninhabitable. With a population density of 840 people per square kilometre, the forecast is that, by 2030, 40 million people (roughly double Australia's population) will have to move .... somewhere!

So, all these wealthy countries that are so reluctant to cut their emissions - how are they going to react when 40 million people need a country to live in?

(ps. i just looked up Bangladesh on wikipedia, which references a journal article saying a 1m sea level rise would cover 50% of the land)

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