- * Future wars will be fought over the issue of survival
rather than religion, ideology or national honour.
- * By 2007 violent storms smash coastal barriers rendering
large parts of the Netherlands inhabitable. Cities like The Hague are abandoned.
In California the delta island levees in the Sacramento river area are
breached, disrupting the aqueduct system transporting water from north
- * Between 2010 and 2020 Europe is hardest hit by climatic
change with an average annual temperature drop of 6F. Climate in Britain
becomes colder and drier as weather patterns begin to resemble Siberia.
- * Deaths from war and famine run into the millions until
the planet's population is reduced by such an extent the Earth can cope.
- * Riots and internal conflict tear apart India, South
Africa and Indonesia.
- * Access to water becomes a major battleground. The
Nile, Danube and Amazon are all mentioned as being high risk.
- * A 'significant drop' in the planet's ability to sustain
its present population will become apparent over the next 20 years.
- * Rich areas like the US and Europe would become 'virtual
fortresses' to prevent millions of migrants from entering after being forced
from land drowned by sea-level rise or no longer able to grow crops. Waves
of boatpeople pose significant problems.
- * Nuclear arms proliferation is inevitable. Japan, South
Korea, and Germany develop nuclear-weapons capabilities , as do Iran, Egypt
and North Korea. Israel, China, India and Pakistan also are poised to use
- * By 2010 the US and Europe will experience a third
more days with peak temperatures above 90F . Climate becomes an 'economic
nuisance' as storms, droughts and hot spells create havoc for farmers.
- * More than 400m people in subtropical regions at grave
- * Europe will face huge internal struggles as it copes
with massive numbers of migrants washing up on its shores. Immigrants from
Scandinavia seek warmer climes to the south. Southern Europe is beleaguered
by refugees from hard-hit countries in Africa.
- * Mega-droughts affect the world's major breadbaskets,
including America's Midwest, where strong winds bring soil loss.
- * China's huge population and food demand make it particularly
vulnerable. Bangladesh becomes nearly uninhabitable because of a rising
sea level, which contaminates the inland water supplies.