1.2 million in Latin America displaced by disasters, study finds
More than 1 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean were internally displaced in 2021 because of disasters that were worsened by climate change, a new study finds.
The big picture: The World Bank predicts that more than 216 million people could be displaced by climate change by 2050 — with 17 million of those coming from Latin America — putting pressure on migration, food supplies and housing.
- The report by Mexico's University of the Américas Puebla, released last week and first reported by the Spanish newspaper El País, suggests the surge has accelerated.
By the numbers: Roughly 1.2 million people in Latin America were forced to flee their homes, according to an analysis of 2021 census data.
- In Brazil, more than half a million people needed to migrate internally due to climate-related disasters. That was the most of any nation in 2021, the report said.
- Haiti followed with 220,000 people, then Cuba with 194,000.
Details: The report's authors predict the number of people displaced by climate change will grow because of an overall lack of policies tackling the problem.
- A review of 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean found that the region invests only 0.18% of its overall GDP into fighting climate change.
- The report warned that climate migration was the most pressing result due to the lack of political will to tackle climate change.
- El Niño and climate change have helped drive the heat wave, which also caused power outages in major cities and threatened crops and biodiversity.
Flashback: Leaders from the eight nations that share the Amazon rainforest promised in a joint statement in August to work towards "deforestation zero," but they did not commit to a roadmap for achieving it, Axios Latino's Marina E. Franco reports.
- They announced a joint agreement with 113 provisions, starting with a promise to "combine efforts at the highest level" to set a common agenda for sustainability and conservation.
- Climate action organizations like the World Wildlife Fund said the joint declaration does not go far enough.
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