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For each degree of global warming, models predict 50% population displacement spike

For each degree of global warming, models predict 50% population displacement spike

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March 24 (UPI) -- As the planet warms, seas rise and climate change triggers shifts in precipitation patterns, scientists expect millions of people to be displaced by flooding and other forms of extreme weather. In an effort to more precisely quantify displacement risk, an international team of researchers combined a variety of climate and hydrological models. Advertisement Their analysis, published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, showed a single degree of warming will increase the risk of displacement caused by river flooding by 50 percent. "Displacement poses many hardships, which often fall most heavily on socio-economically vulnerable groups, who tend to live in more hazard-prone areas," researchers wrote in their newly published paper. Since 2008, 288 millio...