BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people to move within their own countries in the next three decades and create migration hotspots unless urgent action is taken in the coming years to reduce global emissions and bridge the development gap, a World Bank report has found.
The report, published Monday, examines the long-term consequences of climate change. They include water scarcity, declining crop productivity, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures. This could lead to millions of people being “climate migrants” in 2050.
The reduction of carbon emissions, increased risk-adaptation and sustainable, inclusive growth could all help to reduce internal migration by upto 80%.
The Associated PressThe report, which was primarily focused on internally displaced people (IDPs), stated that there would be 86 millions of internal climate migrants in Sub-Saharan Africa, and 19.9 million in South Asia, by 2050.
ReutersReports indicate that there could be 19 million more refugees from North Africa, 49 millions in the East Asia and Pacific regions, and 5 million in Eastern Europe or Central Asia.