The World Bank warns climate migrants to be careful in its alarming report about the effects of climate change. If not urgently taken action, 200 million people will be forced to flee their homes within the next 30 years.
This report emphasizes that reducing global emissions as well as the development gap is vital in order to avoid what’s supposed to be an international humanitarian crisis.
On Monday, the second section of Groundswell’s report examined the effects of slow-onset climate changes such as increasing sea levels and crop productivity decreasing water scarcity. It also looked at how millions could be forced to flee the country.
The report focused on six regions: Latin America, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; Eastern Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and North Africa; East Asia and South Asia; East Asia and Pacific. It forecasted three possible scenarios that would result in varying levels of climate action.
The short-term effects of climate change such as extreme weather and climate migration across national borders were not considered by the World Bank.
If there is little or no collective action taken to reduce greenhouse gases emissions and invest for development in the coming decade, then this scenario will lead to 216 million people having to move to survive.
The world may still be faced with 44 million forced evacuations in the best climate-friendly scenario. This is assuming that there are low levels of carbon emissions, inclusive and sustainable development.
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Global warming over the next decade would worsen the current drought, fragile coasts, and dependence of agriculture.
Although climate change isn’t new in its influence on migration, there are many factors that push people to migrate and act as threat multipliers.
Because they lack the resources to adapt, people affected by conflict and inequality are more susceptible to climate change.
Publiated at Mon, 13 Sept 2021 23.01:00 +0000