According to The World Bank, climate change threatens to push people into poverty, rolling back “decades of progress” in developing countries and even developed countries. The effects of this would be catastrophic, especially on the world’s poor, particularly in the following areas of the world.
1. Sub-Saharan Africa: In less than twenty years, 40% of the land used to grow maize in sub-Saharan African will be unable to grow crops because of lack of water and extreme heat. In addition, the current minimal amount of crops in Southern Africa is likely to affect the production and cultivation of other natural resources. Being one of China’s largest contributors of natural resources, a decrease in the amount of natural resources would mean an increase in the price of goods produced from natural resources.
2. India: It’s likely that with increasing temperatures India’s monsoon season could be affected. A rise in temperature would increase floods pushing rural populations into overpopulated cities where poverty is already high. Tensions between Pakistan and India are already high and a natural disaster, which creates a high level of displaced citizens, is likely to increase that tension.
Thailand: Another impact of the sea-level rise would be the flooding of important capital cities such as Bangkok. By 2030, if the Earth continues to warm at its current pace, The World Bank projects that increased cyclones and rises in sea levels could completely inundate Bangkok. Destroying homes, commerce and pushing people into rural areas without compensation for the loss of their homes or businesses.
To help aid countries which are threatened by the ill effects of climate change, The World Bank has pledged to increase funding for the prevention of these dangers by $100 billion. However, many criticize this increase as being insufficient citing that New York alone has committed $20 billion to just one city after Hurricane Sandy.
– Pete Grapentien
Sources: Counter Currents, Huffington Post