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Why This Matters: Mass climate migration will put pressure on systems across the globe, including food and water resources. Already, 20 million climate refugees have been driven from their homes. Still, most wealthy nations, which are greatly responsible for climate change, are unprepared or unwilling to support climate refugees. The UN and other advocacy organizations warn that without efforts from wealthy nations to raise global climate ambition and sustain resources under immense pressure, climate migration could become incredibly destabilizing.
Climate migration “hotspots,” the report predicts, will primarily emerge in: Sub-Saharan Africa, which could account for 86 million migrants; East Asia and the Pacific, producing 49 million; and South Asia, where 40 million could face displacement. The report warns that changing populations and migration itself could put pressure on resources and communities already strained by climate problems of their own.
The report, however, did not account for climate refugees in most wealthier nations or those in the Middle East and small island states. For instance, residents in the US have been forced to flee their homes due to hurricanes and wildfires across the nation. “We have to reduce or cut our greenhouse gases to meet the Paris target,” said Rigaud, “because those climate impacts are going to escalate and increase the scale of climate migration.”
Last month, 50,000 images from 90 countries entered National Geographic’s 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the many breathtaking photos of a living planet fighting against climate change, a winner has finally been chosen. French underwater photographer Laurent Ballesta has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 for his photo of […]
The Fossil Fuel Resistance is in Washington, D.C. October 11-15, 2021#PeopleVsFossilFuels pic.twitter.com/BsnJsujRFe — Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) October 11, 2021 On Monday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, hundreds of people marched to the White House to demand the President and Congress step up efforts to combat climate change. The rally was organized by the Build Back Fossil […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change, at least 85% of the global population feels the impacts of human-induced climate change. The study evaluated more than 100,000 studies of events that could be linked to climate change, like crop failures, alongside temperature and precipitation changes caused by carbon emissions. The results […]
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