When the Green Prophet article about road trains in Australia was posted back in April 2010, the Down Under continent looked a lot different than it does presently. After suffering one of its worst droughts in recent times, large portions on Australia’s state of Queensland is now under water; including parts of Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city.
Climate change, which many scientists attribute to be a consequence of global warming, is already wracking havoc in many parts of the world; and unfortunately, the continent of Australia is experiencing more than its share of environmental disasters, including large scale brush and forest fires which devastated large parts of New South Wales and Victoria states. Australia’s central desert region, known “fondly” by locals as the Outback has escaped both the ravages of fire and water, simply because there’s not much there to burn and virtually no water. Brisbane, which is beginning to look like the American city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will take a long time to recover from these floods, which could become more common due to large scale weather changes.
Flash flooding near Istanbul
Here in the Middle East, large sections have also been affected by climate change, including Egypt’s Nile River delta region, in which millions of Egyptians are already being affected by drought and rising sea levels.
Turkey recently experienced some serious flash flooding which killed several people and caused considerable property damage. The combination of heavy rains and incoming tides created a situation similar to that presently happening in Queensland – especially in Brisbane.
Other regional areas affected by climate change include Cyprus, now suffering from severe drought, as well as water shortage problems in Syria, causing half a million people to flee from drought stricken zones.
Both Israel and Lebanon have had their share of disastrous forest and brush fires due to lack of adequate rainfall; with Israel suffering its worst wildfire in history on the Carmel mountain range.
Dry Middle East looks more like this
Road trains (where cars connect like one long train to save fuel) in the Middle East could work very well in countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Libya, all of which have large desert areas, and would result in savings of fuel by having less individual trucks on the roads.
Although the Middle East is unlikely to experience the flooding that Australia is now awash with, there are enough climate change connected ecological problems to be concerned about.
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