Casualties of Climate Change: Sea-level Rises Could Displace Tens of Millions


2011-01-10 Scientific American
Shifts in rainfall patterns and shorelines will contribute to mass migrations on a scale never before seen

By Alex de Sherbinin, Koko Warner and Charles Ehrhart

 

The Curse of the Wet:  Mozambique's rural population has grappled with increasingly frequent flooding events over the past decade, with some regions suffering from multiple episodes.

The Curse of the Wet: Mozambique's rural population has grappled with increasingly frequent flooding events over the past decade, with some regions suffering from multiple episodes. Image: Mozambique Flood Extents (flooding); Bradfield Lyon IRI/Earth Institute, Columbia University; Rainfall data from Global Precipitation Climatology Center (GPCC) and IRI Data Library (drought)

In brief:

  • Climate change caused by global warming will disrupt the livelihoods of millions of people, prompting many to move from their homelands.
  • Here we examine three regions around the world that have already begun to suffer the effects of climate change, leading many to leave.
  • Predicting exactly who will move and where they will go to is an impossibility, but leaders can implement policies to help alleviate the inevitable suffering.

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