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Extreme weather events causing most migration

Source(s):  Mongabay

By Hridayesh Joshi

A grim prophecy made years ago by climate scientists and experts is coming true now. World over, the effect of disasters is displacing more people as compared to other reasons for displacement like conflict and violence.

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“Sixty-one percent (17.2 million) of these new displacements were triggered by disasters, and 39 percent (10.8 million) were caused by conflict and violence,” the report says.

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“You talk about internally displaced people but there are people who are displaced across the borders. They have to suddenly leave their habitation and find refuge in other countries. So, they become climate refugees. It is important and I think this can be equated to human trafficking or strife situation that drives people out because of conflict and violence,” [Binod Khadria, co-editor of the World Migration Report] told Mongabay-India.

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Reports of the IPCC have highlighted that global heating is increasing the intensity and frequency of natural disasters and extreme weather events. Given its geography and vast coastline, India is among the most vulnerable countries in the changing scenario. In the last two years, the country has been hit by at least one extreme weather event every month.

 



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  • Publication date 20 Feb 2020

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