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Professor Rood Discusses Climate-Driven Human Migration in National Geographic

Posted: August 10, 2017

 Professor Rood Discusses Climate-Driven Human Migration in National Geographic Photo: Biswaranjan Rout, AP
CLaSP Professor Rood talks about human migration driven by climate change in a National Geographic article about a new study on the effects of rising heat and humidity in Asia. The study, Deadly heat waves projected in the densely populated agricultural regions of South Asia, was published in Science Advances, a journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 
 
From the article: 

"South Asia, where one-fifth of the world's people live, could face summer heat waves that are impossible to survive without protection, thanks to global warming, new research suggests. Hardest hit regions are in northern India, Bangladesh, and southern Pakistan, home to 1.5 billion people. These are also among the poorest regions in South Asia. Many are dependent on subsistence farming that requires long hours of hard outdoor labor.

"'That makes them very vulnerable to these climatic changes,' said MIT professor of environmental engineering Elfatih Eltahir, one of the co-authors.

"The study shows that on the current business-as-usual trajectory of carbon emissions these deadly heat waves could hit the region within a few decades with potentially devastating impacts on the fertile Indus and Ganges River Basins that produce much of the region's food supply.

"However, cuts in carbon emissions as pledged under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement dramatically reduces the risk to the region."