BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Climate change could push more than 200 million people over the next three decades to move within their own countries 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.
Monday’s report examines the long-term impacts of climate change. It includes water scarcity, decreasing crop productivity, and rising sea levels. This could result in millions of “climate migrants” by 2050.
Internal migration could be reduced by up to 80% by reducing carbon emissions, increasing risk adaptability, and sustainable, inclusive growth.
According to the Associated PressThe report was focused on internally displaced people (IDPs) and stated that there would be 86 millions internal climate migrants in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, and 19.9 million in South Asia.
ReutersReports indicate that North Africa could see 19 million additional refugees, and 49 million in East Asia, the Pacific and Latin America. There are also 17 million people living in Latin America, and 5 million in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Latin America.