New study warns of climate change in Mideast

A Staff Reporter
Filed on February 26, 2008

DUBAI — A new study on climate change has revealed that the coastlines, sea levels and temperatures in the GCC countries could already be changing due to global warming.

According to a press release, the map of the Middle East could be reshaped by rising seas and populations displaced by global warming.

The research, carried out by Professor Geoffrey Boulton of the University of Edinburgh, will be discussed this week at the British University in Dubai (BUiD).

The study will attempt to analyse the extent to which global warming will impact the world and the Arabian Gulf in particular over the coming years.

“Human impact on the planet has accelerated over the last hundred years, with the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere being radically altered by burning fossil fuels.

“Understanding that impact and agreeing on steps forward is a critical imperative for the future,” said Professor Boulton, a Regius Professor with responsibility for Edinburgh’s international initiatives, who also leads the Global Change Group, one of the largest major research groups in the field of Geosciences.

One of the predicted impacts of climate change, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is a potential rise of global temperatures from between 1.8 to 4 degrees Celsius.

This could radically affect sea levels, caused by melting ice caps, and potentially submerge coastal areas.

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