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C displaces 216m in 30 yrs

C displaces 216m in 30 yrs 14 September 2021

Climate crisis will displace 216 million in next 30 years (via The Daily Telegraph)

By Jennifer Rigby

At least 216 million people may be forced to leave their homes in the next 30 years as a result of the impact of climate change, according to a new World Bank report. 

People all over the world will have to migrate within their own countries by 2050 in order to survive, according to the latest World Bank Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration report. 

The report models the numbers who will be affected by what it calls the “slow onset” effects of climate change, and who will be forced to leave areas facing growing water scarcity, lower crop productivity, and sea level rise. 

It also refers to the increasing numbers of places where life will be utterly impossible, either because of land loss, extreme weather events, or because temperatures in the region are just too high for the human body to withstand – although these areas are not included in the model. 

“Some areas will simply not be habitable,” report author Kanta Kumari Rigaud, lead environmental specialist at the World Bank, told The Telegraph. 

For example, in cities including Jordan’s capital Amman, Aden in Yemen, and Baghdad, as well as other countries on the eastern Mediterranean and southern areas of both Iran and Iraq, “the number of days with temperatures that exceed thresholds of human tolerance is projected to increase”, the report reads. 

Only two areas in the world – in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates – currently exceed these temperatures, according to recent research. 

The World Bank report focuses on the numbers who will be pushed into moving within their countries as a result of climate change, across Latin America, sub–Saharan Africa, North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and South Asia. It is an update, including more regions, on a report in 2018 which predicted that 143 million would have to migrate internally as a result of the changing climate. 

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