Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Climate Change Could Dispalce 125 Million People in South Asia

Dr Sudhir Chella Rajan, Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras has warned of the possibility of mass migration from coastal regions of South Asia as sea levels rise due to global warming and as fresh water supplies are disrupted.

In a paper entitled Climate Migrants in South Asia: Estimates and Solutions Dr Rajan warns that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow as projected, leading to a global temperature rise of 4-5°C, the South Asian region could face a wave of displaced migrants.

Bangladeshi environmentalist Mohon Kumar Mondol, responded to the prospect of millions of Bangladeshi refugees:

“India would certainly be the first country to experience an inflow of refugees. This is a reality in my lifetime. I don’t want to see the day I lose my home to the sea and saline deserts where people have to live without clean water. It can be prevented and we are the last generation that can stop it; governments across the world have no choice but to stop this nightmare from becoming reality.”

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