Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Impact of climate change on Bangladesh

Good article on the incipient impact of climate change on Bangladesh. The article rightly underscores the open political anger expressed by Bangladeshi politicians about the fact that tens of millions of his countryfolk are likely to be displaced by climate change induced geographic changes, on account of polluting behavior by the rich on the far side of the earth.

What the article doesn't attempt to do is to think through what the second- and third-order effects of such a refugee crisis may be in a country that is already desperately poor, politically unstable, increasingly prone to Islamism, and all but completely bereft of any potentially palliative social services. Thinking through those second- and third-order impacts is what will really make your hair stand on end.

Oh, and did you know that there are more than 300,000 Bangladeshis living in the UK,
and that they "experience disproportionately high rates of unemployment, overcrowding, and certain types of health problems," making them increasingly susceptible to the appeal of Islamism?

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