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Headlines 50 million environmental refugees?

RageAgainst

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World Urged to Prepare Now for 50 Million Environmental Refugees

BONN, Germany, October 11, 2005 (ENS) - Within the next five years, as many as 50 million people will be environmental refugees, on the move to escape the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, according to United Nations University experts.

In a statement released to mark UN Day for Disaster Reduction on Wednesday, the UNU's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn says problems such as sea level rise, expanding deserts, and flooding induced by catastrophic weather events have already contributed to large permanent migrations and "could eventually displace hundreds of millions" of people.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/oct2005/2005-10-11-01.asp

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World Urged to Prepare Now for 50 Million Environmental Refugees

BONN, Germany, October 11, 2005 (ENS) - Within the next five years, as many as 50 million people will be environmental refugees, on the move to escape the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, according to United Nations University experts.

In a statement released to mark UN Day for Disaster Reduction on Wednesday, the UNU?s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn says problems such as sea level rise, expanding deserts, and flooding induced by catastrophic weather events have already contributed to large permanent migrations and "could eventually displace hundreds of millions" of people.

"There are well-founded fears that the number of people fleeing untenable environmental conditions may grow exponentially as the world experiences the effects of climate change and other phenomena," says UNU-EHS Director Janos Bogardi.

"This new category of refugee needs to find a place in international agreements," Dr. Bogardi said. "We need to better anticipate support requirements, similar to those of people fleeing other unviable situations."

Victims of sudden catastrophes that attract much publicity, such as the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or the recent U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes, benefit from the mobilization of private and public sector generosity and humanitarian relief.

Unlike victims of political upheaval or violence, who have access through governments and international organizations to financial grants, food, tools, shelter, schools and clinics, environmental refugees are not yet recognized in world conventions.

The UNU says the number of people forced to move by environment-related conditions already approximates and may someday dwarf the number of officially-recognized "persons of concern," recently calculated at 19.2 million.

The UNU cites research by the International Federation of Red Cross that shows more people are now displaced by environmental disasters than war.
 

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So they're having a "Save the earth DAY" ?? Or is that the day that they're going to decide what is going to have to be done permanantly to protect the earth? they're going to need more than a day, week, month, or maybe even year to fix the past 100 year's environmental destruction.
 

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I don't know buddy.. But the physical effects of pollution are already starting to hit some of the world population, and it's only 2005.