A new research has suggested that rising seas could affect three times more population by 2050 than it was previously considered, and the financial capital of India, Mumbai is at risk of being “wiped out”.
Climate Central has produced the new research paper, which is a science organization based on New Jersey, and was published in the “Nature Communications” Journal. However, the projections do not account for future population growth or land lost due to coastal erosion.
A report in The New York Times reads that the authors have developed “a more accurate way of calculating land elevation based on satellite readings, a standard way of estimating the effects of sea-level rise over large areas, and found that the previous numbers were far too optimistic.”
According to the new research paper, around 150 million people are now residing on land that will be below the high-tide line by mid-century.
Mumbai is also called as the financial capital of India, which is at risk of being “wiped out”, suggests the new projections. The state is built on what was once a series of islands, the historic downtown crore of the city is mainly vulnerable, it said.
Dina Lonesco, International Organization for Migration, was quoted saying, “Overall research shows, that countries should start preparing now for more citizens to relocate internally.”
The International Organization for Migration is an inter-governmental unit that coordinates actions on migrations as well as development.
Lonesco continued, “We’ve been trying to ring the alarm bells. We know that it’s coming. There is a little modern precedent for this scale of population movement.”