Migratory matters and climate change

Is Paddy Ashdown the only politician to make the connection of the European migration ‘crisis’ with the coming impacts of climate change : quote ‘ The numbers we see fleeing conflict will be dwarfed by the population movements we will see as global warming takes hold’ ? (Opinion, The Guardian 8th Sept 2015 , p 32).

A pair of new studies (below) suggests that warming temperatures and melting Arctic ice sheets can have drastic effects on global ocean currents and the climate with impacts taking as little as 10 years to take effect.

The Syrian movement surely presages what is to come and what we should do to develop comprehensive preparedness at national levels.

Gierz, P., G. Lohmann, and W. Wei (2015), Response of Atlantic overturning to future warming in a coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice sheet model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065276

Partin, J. W.et al.Gradual onset and recovery of the Younger Dryas abrupt climate event in the tropics. Nat. Commun. 6:8061doi: 10.1038/ncomms9061 (2015)

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