Following on from the climate change debate on here a week or so ago, I thought I would post this. It is the front page of today's metro in London. This is exactly the sort of scaremongering that is seen regularly in the press nowadays. Journalists jobs depend on the myth of carbon emissions causing global warming, so every slow news day, a new "devestating" headline is brought up.http://static.sky.com/images/pictures/1535284.gif
The story in full...
Climate change will create 'world of refugees'
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Land may get scarcer as sea levels riseGlobal warming will force more than 1billion people from their homes before 2050, campaigners have warned.
Climate change will create a 'world of many Darfurs' if richer countries do nothing to tackle the problem, they claim in a new report.
Average temperatures will rise by up to 3°C this century because of greenhouse gas emissions, scientists believe.
It will cause floods and famines and spark the world's largest ever movement of people from their homes.
In turn, that will fuel existing conflicts and create new ones in some of the poorest and most deprived parts of the world, according to Christian Aid.
The charity's report, Human Tide: The Real Migration Crisis, says 163million people have already been forced from their homes worldwide.
But the figure will hit 1billion in the next 40 years or so.
This includes 250million permanently displaced by climate change-related phenomena such as floods and droughts.
Another 50million will be displaced by conflict and human rights abuses and 50million by natural disasters.
A further 645million will lose their homes to development projects, such as dams, to tackle water shortages and other effects of global warming.
Low-lying areas such as Bangladesh, parts of China, the Nile delta in Africa and small islands will be threatened by rising sea levels, the report says.
Countries such as Myanmar, Sudan, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Colombia, where thousands of people are already fleeing human rights abuses or wars, will see even greater suffering.
Millions will be under threat in India, China, Ghana, Egypt and Sudan, from projects to stave off water shortages.
Report author John Davison called for richer countries to take action.
He added: 'We believe that forced migration is now the most urgent threat facing poor people in the developing world.
'A world of many more Darfurs is the increasingly likely nightmare scenario.'
The Department for International Development defended its record, saying its schemes, such as flood-resistant housing in Bangladesh, were helping tackle the effects of climate change.