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Climate change could have caused an earthquake in Turkiye

Katerina Belousova

Due to the melting of glaciers in the earth's crust, the distribution of weight changes

Climate change increases the risk of tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

While the cause of the February 6 earthquake in Turkiye and Syria is currently unknown, there is growing scientific evidence that climate change is increasing the risk of such tremors, UN adviser and environmentalist Professor Ibrahim Ozdemir wrote in a Euronews column.

He explained that due to global warming, more and more glaciers are melting, which changes the distribution of weight in the earth's crust. In addition to the increase in earthquakes and the awakening of volcanoes, it can also affect the movement of the Earth's axis.

"This particular consequence of global warming "warns us of a seismically turbulent future," Ozdemir emphasized.

The author highlighted that climate and weather-related natural disasters have increased fivefold over the past five decades, killing more than two million people, with 91% of the victims occurring in developing countries. And it only gets worse.

Özdemir emphasized that giant fossil fuel companies are largely responsible for the climate emergency, but enjoy almost complete impunity.

"Fossil fuel interests still have enormous influence across sectors and national borders, despite mounting evidence that they are among those ultimately responsible for climate change and the current climate emergency," the author said.

He emphasized that the problem is systemic, as there is a long-demonstrated preference for the interests of fossil fuel companies and their allies over people and the planet.

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that a study by economists from the World Inequality Lab found that the richest 10% of the world's population, the so-called "polluting elite", create about half of annual carbon emissions.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, in the USA, the most active one woke up in the state of Hawaii Mauna Loa volcano, which will have significant negative consequences for the climate and the environment.

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