World Bank report warns that action must be taken now to halt global warming
More than 200 million people will be forced to leave their homes in search of food and water over the next 30 years, as they escape rising sea levels, increasing heat and drought, according to a new World Bank report on climate change.
Only urgent action to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap can slow the migration, the report stated.
The impacts of slow-onset climate change such as water scarcity, decreasing crop productivity and rising sea levels could lead to millions of what the report describes as “climate migrants” by 2050 under three different scenarios with varying degrees of climate action and development, the Associated Press reported.
Under the most pessimistic scenario, with a high level of emissions and unequal development, the report forecasts up to 216 million people moving within their own countries across the six regions analyzed. Those regions are Latin America; North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; Eastern Europe and Central Asia; South Asia; and East Asia and the Pacific.
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