(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) — An unimaginable 2 billion people could become displaced from their homes due to climate change-related rising ocean levels by 2100.
That would be about one-fifth of the world’s population then, and account for those who live near coastlines, according to new Cornell University research.
“We’re going to have more people on less land and sooner than we think,” the study’s lead author, Charles Geisler, said in a statement. “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.”
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