NATO: Climate change may worsen Middle East crisis

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Lawmakers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly on Monday said climate change would worsen food and water shortages in the Middle East and North Africa.

They also said that the change in weather conditions might trigger more conflicts and mass migration, with serious implications for the wider world.

Osman Askin Bak, one of the lawmakers said “the long-term prospects for food and water security in the MENA region are dire.”

Bak, a member of the Turkish Parliament will present the draft report on Saturday at the Parliamentary Assembly – a gathering of senior parliamentarians from NATO’s 28 member states.

He said “climate change will worsen the region’s outlook. War, poor governance, climate change and other issues have worsened tensions over competition for scarce water and food in the Middle East and North Africa.”

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