May 20, 2013 | 05:39 AM (BD Time)
20 May, 2013 Monday
Climate change migration warning issued through report
BBC Online :
Governments and aid agencies should help the world's poorest to move away from areas likely to be hit by flooding and drought, a UK report says. The government-commissioned report warns of potential humanitarian disasters because of climate change.
It says the cost of acting now would be much less than the cost of the conflicts and huge loss of life that would otherwise ensue.
The report focused on the issue of human migration patterns. The Migration and Global Environmental Change Foresight Report is the most detailed study carried out on the effect of flooding, drought and rising sea levels on human migration patterns over the next 50 years.
The government's chief scientist, Professor Sir John Beddington, who commissioned the study, said that environmental change would hit the world's poorest the hardest and that millions of them would inadvertently migrate toward, rather than away from, areas that are most vulnerable.
"[These people] will be trapped in dangerous conditions and unable to be moved to safety," he said.
One of the reasons the report was commissioned was to examine concerns that the environmental degradation caused by climate change would lead to millions of so-called climate refugees abandoning sterile farmland and migrating to countries less affected by the problem.
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