Monday, 28 March 2011

Melting Ice-caps and Population Displacement

On March 8th 2011 NASA reported that the ice caps are melting at a faster rate than has been modelled by science and that by 2050 (just 39 years from now) the sea level will have risen by 12.5 inches. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-070

The authors caution that considerable uncertainties remain in estimating future ice loss acceleration. However they also state that the rate of ice loss has been greater year on year for the past 18 years.

According to Google this means that by 2050 there will be 916,272 displaced people in the UK alone.
4,286,286 displaced in Europe.
10,653,789 in Asia.
A total of 29,982,661 displaced people across the world. http://globalfloodmap.org

Look at the figures on the globalfloodmap for Japan. They suggest 2,158,444. The recent Earthquake and Tsunami is has caused an estimated 500,000 to be displaced. The predicted rise in sea level will cause 4.3 times as many people in Japan to loose their homes as the Tsunami did.

Where will all these people go?
29,082,661 people across the world.

Where will they all go? What are we doing globally to prevent disaster on an epic scale; to plan for where people will go and how they will be moved out of their current homes and what will happen to them financially as they loose their homes and possibly their jobs.

Fiona@thehamiltongroup.org.uk
28.3.11

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