Climate Change Could Displace 200 Million by 2050
A new report released by the U.N. University, CARE International and Columbia University states that climate change is already displacing people from their homes and could lead to the greatest human migration in history. Estimates on the total number of potential migrants vary and this report cites predictions from the International Organization for Migration that 200 million people will be displaced by 2050. Some estimates claim that as many as 700 million people could be forced to migrate due to environmental pressures caused by climate change.
A number of areas at greatest risk include island states such as Tuvalu and the Maldives, areas prone to drought such as Africa’s Sahel and parts of Mexico, delta regions such as Egypt, and irrigated areas such as the river basins of the Indus, Ganga, Brahmaputra, Irrawaddy, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze, and Huang He. For more information, see the Associated Press.