As floods stir climate change fears, Israel may be up a creek without a plan

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Sue Surkes

Source(s)
Times of Israel, the

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Catastrophic weather wreaking havoc in the cossetted heart of the developed world, from floods in Germany and Belgium to scorching temperatures in North America, has sent shockwaves into Israel, raising alarms among activists and intensifying calls for Israel to prepare for disaster here as well.

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While no single event can be explained by global warming, climate experts — including the World Meteorological Organization — have warned repeatedly that it is causing, and will continue to cause, ever more extreme weather events globally  including cold and heat waves, floods, droughts, wildfires and storms.

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In April, the directorate asked in a report for a budget of NIS 2.5 billion ($760 million) to fund short-term projects recommended by the directorate, saying that investment in preparedness would save the much greater costs of an environmental catastrophe for which the country was not ready.

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