Thirty Years Ago, The U.N. Predicted Global Warming ‘Disaster’ By 2000

According to the United Nations 30 years ago, the Maldives should now be under water, and 22.5 million Bangladeshis should have been displaced due to ‘global warming.’

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More than 30 years ago, the United Nations warned that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”

“Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,′ threatening political chaos,” the Associated Press quoted Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP), as saying in 1989.

The UNEP director said that governments have “a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.”

As the warming melts polar icecaps, ocean levels will rise by up to three feet, enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations, Brown told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday.

Coastal regions will be inundated; one-sixth of Bangladesh could be flooded, displacing a fourth of its 90 million people. A fifth of Egypt’s arable land in the Nile Delta would be flooded, cutting off its food supply, according to a joint UNEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study.

″Ecological refugees will become a major concern, and what’s worse is you may find that people can move to drier ground, but the soils and the natural resources may not support life. Africa doesn’t have to worry about land, but would you want to live in the Sahara?″ he said.

“Shifting climate patterns would bring back 1930s Dust Bowl conditions to Canadian and U.S. wheatlands, while the Soviet Union could reap bumper crops if it adapts its agriculture in time,” according to the U.N.

Thirty years later, the story has essentially the same, and no one is in waders yet.

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