Lawmakers from NATO are warning that the effects of global warming now threaten the world's food supply - and they are urging member countries to act.
NATO lawmakers expect that climate change will soon yield "dire" food and water shortages in Africa and the Middle East, according to a report presented to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Monday.
Advocates of the Paris climate agreement argue that this is a major reason why President Donald Trump should keep the U.S.in the deal.
Global warming's causal relationship with impending food shortages augurs poorly for more than just the directly affected regions.
Due to these shortages, it is predicted that many otherwise unaffected regions will see mass migration as people escape the plight of famine and the hazards of conflict that erupt in Africa and the Middle East as a result.
The "ultimate threat multiplier," according to a report filed by Osman Askin, a Turkish Parliament member, is resource mismanagement in these regions that has lasted for decades, extreme weather conditions that result from measurable climate change, and the expansion of oceanic threats flood coastal cities.
The latter aspect of the so-called threat multiplier is also expected to afflict Europe and South America in countries like Brazil and the U.K.Turkey hosts over 3 million asylum seekers and refugees, according to the NATO report, and the migration uptick in Europe was a primary contributor in recent years to the U.K.'s Leave vote to pull out of the European Union.
American President Donald Trump has touted an America-first strategy to protect economic progress and keep the U.S.safe, attempting to ban immigration to the U.S.from six Muslim-majority nations.
These initiatives will only put more pressure on U.S.allies, many of whom have already received countless refugees of the Syrian Civil War.
The new report impresses upon 146 member nations the importance of ratifying the Paris Accord to "live up to their pledges," including climate financing for developing nations.
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