Extreme weather poses threats to global security landscape

Sowing rice to seedbed
Climate and agriculture: The DPRK has completed this year's rice sowing to seedbed, KCNA reported Thursday. (File photo)
By Om Ryong

According to the definition of a foreign weather station, abnormal climatic phenomenon occurs only once in 30 years.

However, as if to deny it, the present climate of the earth displays unusual symptoms every year and people suffer from destructive disasters caused by extreme weather conditions like typhoon, flood, drought and boiling heat. They even change the taste of foods. The content of carbohydrates in crops is constantly increasing and their nutritive components are being changed due to the pollution of underground water and soil.

The present situation requires the people of the world to have a more correct understanding of extreme weather conditions and their after-effects.

Australia has been afflicted by unprecedented forest fires since last year. According to information made available last January, a total of some 170 000 square kilometres of forests were burned away and over 1.2 billion animals including koala bears and kangaroos died in the fires.

Although the cause of the fires is still unclear, many people remember that last year was the driest one in Australia with the highest temperature in history, which gives them a good reason to think that they are related to global warming.

In recent days alone, heavy rains and landslides occurred in succession in many countries including Afghanistan and Kenya, causing many casualties.

The UN in a report noted that it is impossible to explain the destructive climatic change in the past 50 years with only natural factors and that over 90 percent of global warming is attributable to human activities.

It can be illustrated by the fact that over 10 000 scientists warned of a climatic crisis. The study paper jointly signed by some 11 000 scientists of 153 countries demanded humankind should switch from the use of fossil fuel to that of renewables in economic activities.

Extreme weather conditions are aggravating serious social crises of hunger and water shortage.

It is estimated that in some African countries the output of crops would decrease by about 50 percent and 75 to 250 million people would be faced with severe water shortages.

It forewarns a flood of environmental refugees in the near future. If such refugees move to different countries and regions, the world security landscape will be badly shaken.

(Pyongyang Times - April 30, 2020)
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