Climate change to displace millions in south Asia

Rising seas and water shortages will displace around 125 million people along the coasts of India and Bangladesh by the turn of the century, Reuters reported Greenpeace as saying on Tuesday.

Climate change will trigger erratic monsoons and break agricultural systems in the densely populated Gangetic delta, the global
environment group stated. Vinuta Gopal, the group’s climate and energy campaigner in India, said, "We need policies that reduce the risk of destructive climate change, and moves towards economic development through decarbonisation."

India’s economy has grown by 8% to 9% annually in recent years. However, the country is one of the world’s top polluters and contributes to around 4% of global greenhouse-gas emissions as its consumption of fossil fuels rises.

Together, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have nearly 130 million people living along coastal areas less than 10 metres above sea level, the Greenpeace report said.

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