Monday, June 22, 2009

200 million climate refugees expected by 2050

Global warming may create 200 million refugees looking for food and work by 2050 according to a CARE International report. (CNN) This could wipe out gains in the fight against poverty.

One solution is to, you know, stop pumping so much greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. But we all know how likely that is (not very). Another solution is to convince at-risk populations to change their livestock and agricultural practices. That's not very likely either. Recommended changes are raising ducks instead of chickens in flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, and having farmers switch from "water-craving crops to more resilient foods."

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