New York, August 26, 2019 (MIA) - The International Organization for Migration at the United Nations warns that the effects of climate change-related droughts, floods, fires, and famines will force 25 million to billion people to leave their homes by 2050.
According to a scientific study published in the journal Science, it is likely to be the case of about 200 million people.
A group of international scientists believes that in order to avoid a scenario of chaotic mass flight that will punish the world's poor, it is time to start planning the inevitable "withdrawal" from coastal cities.
"Faced with global warming, rising sea levels and climate extremes showing a tendency to intensify, we no longer ask the question of whether some communities will have to withdraw from the coast in order to be rescued and to avoid material damage, but why, where, when and how the withdrawal will take place, ”the authors argue.
They believe that withdrawal from coastal areas could be a boon to revitalizing communities and redistributing wealth more sustainably. It could also be an opportunity to subsidize new schools, hospitals and secure affordable housing in inland areas, rather than taking delayed steps in risky areas, such as building expensive firewalls near the sea to protect them. Cities that were previously ravaged by heavy storms.