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Global Warming Update
Rising seas and water shortages will displace about 125 million people living along the coasts of India and Bangladesh by the turn of the century, Greenpeace said on Tuesday. Climate change will also trigger erratic monsoons and break down agricultural systems in the vast and densely populated Gangetic delta. The effect of rising temperatures is already apparent in the recurrent floods in coastal Bangladesh. Together, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have nearly 130 million people living along coastal areas less than 10 metres (33 feet) above sea level. The number of people displaced by global warming could dwarf the nearly 10 million refugees and almost 25 million internally displaced people already fleeing wars and oppression. Christian Aid has predicted there will be one billion people displaced by climate change globally by 2050. India, Bangladesh and Pakistan have a total population of about 1.4 billion people. "We cannot wait for the inevitable to happen and hope to adapt to it. We need policies that reduce the risk of destructive climate change."
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