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Rising seas threaten Africa's coastline

From the United Nations
Earth Change

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Africa's coastal infrastructure faces increasing danger of erosion from rising sea levels caused by climate change, the head of the U.N. Environment Programme said on Thursday.

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, told a news conference that port facilities, refineries and expensive private properties were already degrading as a result of global warming.

"By some projections of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), global warming could affect one-third of Africa's coastal infrastructure by the end of this century because we know that we are on a course of having sea levels rising between 20 and 60 centimetres this century," Steiner said.

He said the effects of global warming, such as melting glaciers, had been brought into focus by the IPCC, an associate body of the United Nations which evaluates climate change risks caused by human activities.

Scientists have said Africa will suffer most if the world fails to halt global warming, with parts of the poverty-stricken continent becoming uncultivable or uninhabitable.
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