In a recent British report, it is claimed that hundreds of millions of people might find themselves trapped in bad environments due to the effects of global warming. The report was issued by the United Kingdom's government committee the Foresight Group, which is led by Sir John Bennington.
According to Bennington, â€œMillions will migrate into, rather than away from, areas of environmental vulnerability ... An even bigger policy challenge will be the millions who are trapped in dangerous conditions and unable to move to safety."
According to the report Migration and Global Environmental Change, between 114 million and 192 million people will have moved to urban areas of Asia and Africa by 2060. Despite the environmental changes the earth is going through, scientists explain that there isn't reason to panic just yet. â€œMigration can be a good option. It is a way of adapting to climate change,â€ explains Neil Adger, who works as a professor of environmental economics. â€œWe should be planning for migration pro-actively, to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place for people.â€
The scientists in the Foresight Group have also said that developing countries should be helped now, while there is still time to support them before more drastic changes start taking place in the environment.
In related news, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study was recently released, which found that global warming is real. This study is somewhat different from others because it was independently conducted, non-profit (in fact, it had been funded by many skeptics), and open source. Also, the report includes a great amount of data and information results and records concerning the earth's temperature that were compiled from more than 39,000 weather stations around the world.
The Berkeley studyâ€™s findings corroborated with what other studies had previously found and showed: the earthâ€™s temperatures are indeed getting warmer and warmer each year. Yet despite all of the statistics and facts, a number of people still insist that global warming is a myth, that information has been distorted and tampered with, and that all of this is part of an elaborate hoax.
Hopefully as the earth continues to increase in temperature and the environmental repercussions like the melting of the polar ice caps continue to make themselves evident, skeptics will realize that global warming is indeed real and that green living is one way to combat it on an individual level. Then again, some people will likely still be in denial, even when Alaska is hotter than a garage door in Guam.
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