Migration is the storm after the climate disaster, but it can be ...

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Migration is the storm after the climate disaster, but it can be reined in

Swift action could curtail the current projection of internal displacement by 80%

Laura Millan Lombrana

Climate change effects such as drought and sea-level rise could result in more than 216-million people migrating within their own countries by mid-century, according to a World Bank report released this week.

As much as 80% of that could be prevented with swift action to cut emissions, the report found. Countries have to “close development gaps, restore vital ecosystems and help people adapt”, World Bank vice-president for sustainable development Juergen Voegele wrote. If they don’t, “hotspots of climate migration will emerge as soon as within the next decade and intensify by 2050”.

Global warming is already causing destruction around the world and the poorest regions are being hit the hardest. Keeping global warming at 1.5°C by the end of the century would help reduce internal climate migration, the report found, with average temperatures on track to increase at least 3°C by 2050...

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