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Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries

Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries
From Mashable - March 19, 2018

While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play.

By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a new report.

World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration analyses the effects climate change will have on three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, a group that represents 55 percent of the world's developing population.

It warns that a lack of action on climate could intensify the global refugee crisis in the future, and that governments need to plan for communities and populations that will inevitably have to move from their homes because of climate-induced problems.

"Without the right planning and support, people migrating from rural areas into cities could be facing new and even more dangerous risks," the reports team lead Kanta Kumari Rigaud said in a statement.

"We could see increased tensions and conflict as a result of pressure on scarce resources. But that doesnt have to be the future. While internal climate migration is becoming a reality, it wo not be a crisis if we plan for it now."

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