Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sea Level Rise Impacting Vietnam -- Right Now

It's not just the arctic that is experiencing dangerous impacts of climate disruption already.

Check out this news from Vietnam:

In late April 2009, thousand of people in Vi Thanh commune, Hau Giang province had to buy fresh water because sea water encroached into all rivers and canals in the area. This phenomenon had never happed so far in the region. Experts attending the Mekong Delta Climate Change Forum said in the future it will happen more frequently.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Kien Giang Province reported that since 1997, many coastal areas in this province have been eroded. Meanwhile the mangrove forest area has narrowed by over 25 percent.

In Ben Tre province, sea water has encroached into the mainland, causing a serious shortage of fresh water in the dry season in many districts.

In Dong Thap, climate change has changed river flows, and has resulted in the losses of over 30 hectare of land annually.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, if the sea level rises by 1m, around 70 percent of the Mekong Delta will be infected with salt water, resulting in the loss of around 2 million hectares of rice fields. 

Add this story to the evidence docket that global warming is happening now, folks.  It ain't some future possibility.  Articles like this are important for turning the abstract impacts of invisible greenhouse gases into concrete, emotive stories of people experiencing harmful effects of climate disruption now. 

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