New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Climate change could see 200 million move by 2050


Climate change could push more than 200 million people to leave their homes in the next three decades and create migration hot spots unless urgent action is taken to reduce global emissions and bridge the developmen­t gap, a World Bank report has found.

The second part of the Groundswel­l report published Monday examined how the impacts of slow-onset climate change such as water scarcity, decreasing crop productivi­ty and rising sea levels could lead to millions of what it describes as “climate migrants” by 2050 under three different scenarios with varying degrees of climate action and developmen­t.

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.

In the most climate-friendly scenario, with a low level of emissions and inclusive, sustainabl­e developmen­t, the world could still see 44 million people being forced to leave their homes.

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