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Climate change: water and food shortages will cause mass migration

Updated June 1, 2007

Global warming will create at least one billion refugees by 2050 as water shortages and crop failures force people to leave their homes, sparking local wars over access to resources, warns a new report [1] by Christian Aid. "We believe that forced migration is now the most urgent threat facing poor people in the developing world," said lead author John Davison.

Christian Aid calls on rich countries, which have emitted most pollution, to establish a US$ 100 billion (EUR 74 billion) a year global fund to help poor countries off-set the effects of climate change such as rising sea-levels, drought and more extreme weather.

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