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Global Warming

 Climate Change Impacts As A Driving Force Behind Migration

Climate change is commonly associated with a number of concepts, the most prominent of which include pollution, rising temperatures, the melting of the polar ice caps, acid rain, and other factors. But there is an undiscovered reality that impacts millions of people across the world and is certain to become more severe in the future: those who have been forced to from their homes as a result of climate change.

In this case, who are the unintended protagonists of the situation? As defined by the International Institution for Migration, “environmental migrants were also people who are forced to leave their home, either temporarily or permanently, as a result of sudden or incremental changes in the climate that have a negative impact on their living conditions.” These people may move to other parts of their very own country or to another country entirely.

A Figure That Does Not Fall Under International Law

It is difficult to estimate the number of climate migrants today because international law does not provide protection to those that are forced to flee their homes as a result of climate change. However, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that between 250 million & 1 billion people will be forced to leave their homes as a result of climate change in the next 50 years.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), droughts have more than tripled in the previous three decades, and environmental changes have resulted in bigger displacements than any of those caused by war.

Climate change is causing a catastrophe in the form of mass migration.

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What Are The Factors That Contribute To Climate Migration?

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), there are numerous reasons that contribute to climate change-related displacement, and these factors cannot always be isolated from political, social, and economic considerations. They do, however, point to certain environmental considerations:

Natural disasters are becoming more frequent as a result of changing climate conditions, expanding the amount of humanitarian crises and, as a result, the number of people who are forced to flee their homes.

As a result of the impact on global warming and also the consequences it has on living circumstances, health, and food inside a developing country, migration can be exacerbated, further complicating an already difficult situation.

If the oceans rise, many coastal regions and tiny islands would see a dramatic deterioration in their human-habitable circumstances, to the point where they may become untenable or even disappear.

A lack of natural resources, including such water or food, can cause stressful circumstances or violent conflicts, which can drive the civil population to flee their homes and abandon their countries of origin.

Country-specific mitigation and adaptation strategies are being considered as solutions.

In order to mitigate the impact of global warming on climatic change migrants, the United Nations has included in its Development Goals the need to implement mitigation measures, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as adaptation measures, such as making cities and infrastructures more resilient to climate change. Among other things, technological innovation, energy efficiency, and the application of renewable energies will play an important role in the advancement of protection of the environment, economic growth, and social progress.

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Global Warming

 Is Global Warming Really That Bad?

Wearing a sweater versus not having one on a cool spring day. By 2100, the earth will be 8 degrees warmer than it is now, with disastrous effects for all ecosystems & living beings, including ourselves.

A National Climate Assessment blames human activity for global warming, especially carbon reduction from fossil fuels & forest degradation. Sooty pollutants such as carbon dioxide & methane act as a blanket, absorbing heat from the sun. The 2000-2009 decade was the warmest in at least 1300 years. It’s affecting land, oceans, and ice.

Weather Becoming Worse

Climate change exacerbates storms, extreme weather, floods, and droughts. Dry regions become moist as the temperature rises. Extreme weather increases Clean Power Plan costs, says NRDC’s deputy director. A few more billion-dollar storms are likely.

Ten temperature and precipitation crises cost $1 billion in 2015, according to NOAA. From 1980 – 2015, disasters cost $5.2 billion. Averaging $10.8 billion each year between 2011 & 2015

Droughts, severe storms, & floods become more common as our atmosphere warms and holds more moisture. Dry weather means burnt grass. Drought in the US causes dust storms, high temperatures, and flash flooding. Water is a major cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Overflowing rivers and lakes harm property, taint drinking water and create toxic waste spills, mildew infestation and polluted air. Mosquitoes, parasites, and ticks thrive in a warmer, wet world.

More Slain

“The 21st century’s greatest global health threat,” say scientists. It threatens children, the old, low-income populations, and minorities. Diseases, ER visits, and mortality grow with the temperature.

There are much more hot weather in unexpected places. “They lack and can afford AC. Two days isn’t much. Temperatures over 100°F for four days have major health consequences.” Acute heat illness causes hundreds of deaths each year in the United States. Americans die from heat than storms, tornados, floods, and lightning.

Old Air

Pollution from cars, factories, as well as other sources combines with sunlight and heat to generate ground-level ozone. The main component of smog is ozone, which rises with temperature. The air pollution causes asthma hospitalizations and deaths. It aggravates heart and lung issues. Warmer weather increases dust in the air, causing hay fever or other allergies.

Extinction Rate Increases

Humans face many challenges, yet we weren’t the only ones sweating. Land and sea animals will perish if they do cannot adapt quickly. Nobody will succeed. According to a many land, freshwater, & marine species are relocating to cooler climes or mountainous areas to escape warming. Winter and migration patterns are changing. Even Nevertheless, many species are “in danger of extinction caused by climate change.” Climate change, pollution, & deforestation are speeding up the extinction of vertebrate species.

Acidification Of The Oceans

Climate change threatens maritime habitats. Sourcing some of our surplus chemicals, the oceans are getting acidic Acidification harms calcium carbonate-shelled mollusks, crabs, and corals. This can harm shellfisheries. In 2015, acidification may have cost the Northwest oyster industry around $110. The $1 billion annual oyster, clam, and mollusc harvest threaten seaside towns in 15 countries.

Sea-Level Rise

Polar caps are more vulnerable. And the Arctic’s ice sheets were melting twice as fast also as rest of the earth. There are implications for local wildlife and plants as well as possible sea level rise. As a result, by 2100, entire island nations & large cities like Los Angeles and New York may be threatened.

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