North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s lawmakers are warning of mass migration and conflict in the Middle East and Africa due to global warming. In a draft report presented on Mondayto the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, they said that global warming will trigger “dire” food and water shortages acting as the “ultimate threat multiplier” in the region. According to the report by Osman Askin, a member of the Turkish parliament, rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions are likely to increase food prices and market competition in the affected area. Currently, Turkey is hosting 3 million refugees along with asylum seekers.
According to the report, one of the key reasons behind the infamous BREXIT, or Britain walking out of the European Union was the recent surge in migration in Europe. The very same issue acted as an important plank in US president Donald Trump’s election campaign, where he promised to build a wall along the 1,900-mile (3,050-kilometer) US-Mexico border.
The report urges all 146 countries that signed up for the Paris Agreement to “live up to their pledges,” and provide climate finance for developing countries.
President Donald Trump will be his first meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven Countries this week, and he already has threatened to pull out of the Paris Agreement, end climate financing and review the necessity of the Clean Power Plan- one of the key policies introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama to cut global pollution.
On the other hand, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are urging the president to remain in the Paris Deal. However, many of Trump’s advisors, including chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt are vouching for an exit.