Fleeing Climate Change: Impacts on Migration and Displacement

Author: 
Julie-Anne Richards,CARE Danmark,Many thanks to Kit Vaughan, Sven Harmeling, Tonya Rawe, Gareth Price Jones, and Camilla Schramek
Publisher: 
Care
Type of Publication: 
Status: 
Free
Language of Publication: 
English
Country: 
Denmark
Year of Publication: 
2016

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In 2015, alone, climate-related disasters displaced 14.7 million people, a new report from CARE Danmark shows. Unless governments take strong preventive action and invest in adaptation, climate change-related phenomena could push the total number of permanently displaced as high as 250 million people, between now and 2050.

The report from CARE Danmark is based on the recent research of the linkages between climate change and migration. The preface is by Connie Hedegaard, chairperson of the board of the Danish green think tank, Concito. 

The report outlines three scenarios for how different levels of temperature increase due to climate change will affect human migration and displacement. It is pertinent that solutions be found at COP22. The world’s leaders must discuss how people affected by climate change can adapt by introducing new knowledge and adjusted agricultural techniques.