As global warming looms, many scientists are sounding the alarm. Some are predicting doom. How will it affect Malaysians? Are we prepared for it? MINDERJEET KAUR wades through the gloom to find out
KUALA LUMPUR: Heatwaves, floods, costlier food, water shortages and more diseases.
Malaysians must prepare for these over the next 20 years.
Global warming could even turn Malaysia into an arid state akin to Africa’s parched states, according to a weather expert.
And no less a person than Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid says 1,200 sq km of coastline will be under water if no measures are taken to tackle global warming. The journal Environment and Urbanization, in its latest issue, quoted a recent study which showed that more than two-thirds of the world’s large cities were in areas vulnerable to global warming and rising sea levels. Some 600 million people could be affected.
Malaysians are already feeling the effects of freak weather patterns and now experts warn that by 2025, higher temperatures will cause prolonged droughts and intense floods.
The impact is likely to reduce food supply, causing the prices of vegetables, rice, seafood, fruits and meat to rise.
And families, instead of enjoying mother nature, will either ensconced themselves in air-conditioned homes or in shopping malls. Parents are likely to restrict their children from playing outdoors.
If you do not wish all these to happen, do something for our Mother Earth now.