The report warns that extreme temperatures in many regions will cause food insecurity, lost incomes, and worse health for millions.
“Perversely, while people in poverty are responsible for just a fraction of global emissions, they will bear the brunt of climate change and have the least capacity to protect themselves,” U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said in a report released Tuesday.
As the effects of global warming begin to take its irreversible toll on certain parts of the world, the report warns that extreme temperatures in many regions will cause food insecurity, lost incomes and worse health for millions, resulting in many opting between starvation and migration.
In 2018 a report for the World Bank, the first to model migration due to climate change on a large scale, estimated that as many as 143 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America could become climate refugees by 2050.
“We risk a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario … climate change threatens to undo the last 50 years of progress in development, global health and poverty reduction,” Alston warned, adding that “it could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030.”