2 Billion Climate Refugees By 2100?

A new Cornell University study indicates that climate change could force 1.4 billion people to become refugees by 2060 and 2 billion by 2100.

Those who once lived on coastlines will face dis­placement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland.

With certain segments of the human population unable or unwilling to control their breeding, on its current trajectory, Earth’s population is expected to top 9 billion people by 2050 and climb to 11 bil­lion people by 2100.

“We’re going to have more people on less land and sooner that we think,” said lead author Charles Geisler, professor emeritus of development so­ciology at Cornell. “The future rise in global mean sea level probably won’t be gradual. Yet few policy makers are taking stock of the significant barriers to entry that coastal climate refugees, like oth­er refugees, will encounter when they migrate to higher ground.”

“The colliding forces of human fertility, submerg­ing coastal zones, residential retreat, and imped­iments to inland resettlement is a huge problem. We offer preliminary estimates of the lands unlike­ly to support new waves of climate refugees due to the residues of war, exhausted natural resources, declining net primary productivity, desertification, urban sprawl, land concentration, ‘paving the plan­et’ with roads and greenhouse gas storage zones offsetting permafrost melt,” Geisler said.

Droughts, floods and high temperatures are al­ready creating millions of climate refugees and few are finding a welcoming new home.

Cultural conflict between immigrant Muslims and their host nations will continue to drive anti-refu­gee sentiment in many countries that could host climate refugees.

Now is a good time to start building a new sustain­able culture and civilization that is free of the ig­norance, apathy, corruption and stupidity that has brought us to this point.