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Even if upcoming negotiations on the 23 January ‘package’ go smoothly, there are growing concerns that EU, and even international, efforts will not be enough to address the potentially catastrophic consequences of a relentless rise in the Earth’s average atmospheric temperatures, which UN scientists agree is caused by human activitiy in industry, housing, transport and agriculture.A new study, to be made public and submitted to EU leaders during the Spring Summit, warns that by 2020, massive and increasing flows of refugees could overwhelm the responsive capacity of the international community, putting global governance at risk, the International Herald Tribune (IHT) reported. The study, requested by Javier Solana, the EU’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary-General of the Council, points to increasingly severe droughts and loss of crops, particularly in North and West Africa, where climate change is expected to lead to the loss of 75% of arable land by 2050.”Migratory pressure at the EU’s borders and political instability and conflict could increase in the future,” according to the document, quoted by the IHT.Meanwhile, the 2008 Environmental Outlook published last week (5 March) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that just over 1% of global GDP growth over the next 20 years is needed to address the major challenges presented by climate change and environmental degradation.

“Solutions to the key environmental challenges are available, achievable and affordable, especially when compared to the expected economic growth and the costs and consequences of inaction,” OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria said in a statement.

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