Topic Reading-Vol.3081-9/17/2020

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Topic Reading-Vol.3081-9/17/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/09/17 Topic Reading-Vol.3081-9/17/2020

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Climate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050, report warns

In the next three decades, you aren’t going to see or hear good news about the environment. Global warming of course is the first to blame. It has been causing climate changes such as rising sea levels, severer weather conditions, draughts, and floods only to name a few. Such changes in climate are also causing ecological disruption, threatening already vulnerable species, forests, and biodiversity around the world. Another human-causing impact on the environment is increasing population, modernization, and urbanization. The present world population is about 7.8 billion and it is estimated to reach 10 billion by the middle of the century, and the majority of the increase will take place in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where water shortage already is a constant, life-threatening problem. In fact, nearly one-third of the world population now already suffers from severe water stress.

So, when more parts and broader areas of the world become more unsuitable and unsustainable for people to live in, what will they do? The exodus from the sinking or dying places and migration to more livable places sounds like a viable option. But how many?

Read the article and think about how today’s divided world will become united to cope with the global problem.

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