Population Growth And Climate Crisis Could Displace Over 1 Billion People

Children waiting to buy water in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, one of West Africa’s most at risk from ecological threats. Credit: Anne Mimault/Reuters

Over 1 billion people are likely to be displaced within three decades, as the climate crisis and population overload drive a surge in migration, causing “huge impacts” for both developing and developed countries.

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), an institute that performs research and advocacy known as a thinktank, produces annual global terrorism and peace indexes. IEP’s latest analysis found that up to 1.2 billion people living in 31 countries aren’t resilient enough to endure ecological threats.

The IEP’s first ecological threat register found that the nineteen countries facing the most significant number of risks, such as food shortages, water scarcity, and areas of greater exposure to natural disasters, are also among the forty least peaceful countries in the world.

However, many of the countries at highest risk from ecological threats, including Uganda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Angola, are at the same time, predicted to have a considerable population rise. The combination of the climate crises and the surge of populations will only further drive mass displacements. Read more…

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