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Climate Change Could Displace More Than 140M People By 2050 Without Efforts To Meet Paris Agreement Limits, World Bank Report Says

CNN: Climate change could create 143 million migrants, World Bank says
“Tens of millions of people in some of the world’s poorest areas could be displaced by climate change in just a few decades, the World Bank has warned in a report. The report, ‘Groundswell — Preparing for Internal Climate Migration,’ suggests that more than 143 million people across South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America are at risk of the effects of ‘slow-onset’ climate change…” (McKirdy, 3/20).

The Guardian: Climate change soon to cause mass movement, World Bank warns
“Climate change will result in a massive movement of people inside countries and across borders, creating ‘hotspots’ where tens of millions pour into already crowded slums, according to the World Bank. More than 140 million people in just three regions of the developing world are likely to migrate within their native countries between now and 2050, the first report on the subject has found…” (Harvey, 3/19).

National Geographic: 143 Million People May Soon Become Climate Migrants
“…Most of this population shift will take place in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America — three ‘hot spots’ that represent 55 percent of the developing world’s populations…” (Parker, 3/19).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Climate migration to surge by 2050 unless emissions are curbed — World Bank
“…Globally, the numbers of people forced to leave home because of water shortages, crop failures, sea-level rise, storm surges, and other climate threats are likely to be much higher, researchers said. But if global warming is effectively kept to limits set in the Paris Agreement on climate change, and people are helped to adapt, then the numbers migrating in the three regions will drop to about 40 million people, the study predicted…” (Whiting, 3/19).

TIME: 143 Million People Could Soon Be Displaced Because of Climate Change, World Bank Says
“…The shift will likely involve the poorest people from the poorest countries moving in large numbers from rural regions to increasingly overburdened urban areas. Without prior planning, such dramatic swells of migration could lead to major disruption and instability, the report says…” (Barron, 3/20).

VOA News: World Bank Says Climate Change Could Create 140 Million Migrants by 2050
“…The report recommends key actions to help prevent wide-scale climate migration: cutting global greenhouse gas emissions; improving development planning at the local level for climate migration; and investing in data to better understand climate migration trends in each country…” (3/19).

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