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US researchers warn climate change will hit Mozambique's roads

Source(s):  Malaysian National News Agency/ Bernama

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the United Nations studied the projected change to Mozambique's climate and found that "flooding and sea level rise would be two critical threats to the economy, and in particular to roads needed to transport food from rural farms to city populations", Bernama reported.

The final conclusion of the researchers is that "by gradually channelling economic activity to areas less vulnerable to climate change (e.g. flooding events and sea level rise), the vulnerability of the economy can be greatly reduced, likely at very low cost.

Simply accounting for the potential implications of climate change in decisions with respect to zoning and major public investments may be sufficient to substantially reduce the vulnerability profile in 2050 and beyond, when the implications of climate change are projected to manifest themselves with much greater force".

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  • Publication date 05 Oct 2012

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