Topic Reading-Vol.2765-11/6/2019

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Topic Reading-Vol.2765-11/6/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/11/06 Topic Reading-Vol.2765-11/6/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Rising sea levels threaten hundreds of millions — and it’s much worse than we thought

It is one of those global warming studies that warn people and governments to act. But this newly released finding sounds more alarming especially to those who live on the coastlines than ever before. Would you still live in a place where there are coastal floods every year? Before sinking into the sea, coastal regions will suffer such catastrophic disasters regularly because of the rising sea levels. As ice sheets on the Himalayas, Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than before, and such disastrous floods will change the landscape of coastal regions. Hundreds of millions of people are at risk of displacement, which will cause unprecedented human migrations around the world at a time when the entire population is expected to increase from today’s 7.7 billion to over nine. It will not only be the land for people to live on to become scarce but also farmlands to produce food for nine billion stomachs.

2050 is no longer so far away future but is only three decades from now. Indeed, you will face and suffer these environmental problems that could become even worse than currently predicted.

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