Climate change now displaces more people than war, and India should be worried

Hridayesh Joshi
Climate change now displaces more people than war, and India should be worried

A grim prophecy made years ago by climate scientists and experts is coming true now. According to the World Migration Report (2020), at the end of 2018, there were a total of 28 million new internal displacements across 148 countries and territories. The latest World Migration Report was published at the end of 2019 and is released biennially by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a United Nations body that keeps track of global human migration.

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    Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virus

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    Sweden, which refused to implement a coronavirus lockdown, has so far avoided a mass outbreak. Now it's bracing for a potential surge in deaths.

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    Trump on Biden call: 'We had a really wonderful, warm conversation’

    President Trump on Monday said he and former Vice President Joe Biden had a “really wonderful, warm conversation” on the phone.

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    India Cuts Off U.S. from Nearly Half of Its Hydroxychloroquine Supply

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    Health officials say Americans should limit grocery store and pharmacy trips or 'we can have another peak in a few weeks'

    Americans should avoid frequent trips to the grocery store and pharmacy amid the coronavirus pandemic,  Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, said Monday on NBC's "Today" show. In most states across the country, grocery stores and pharmacies are some of the only businesses that remain open as state orders have closed businesses deemed non-essential. US health officials recommend that Americans avoid frequent trips to the grocery store and pharmacies in an effort to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 as the pandemic is predicted to worsen in parts of the country this week.

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    How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History

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    Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

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    India drops drug export ban after Trump threatens "retaliation"

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  • New York registers record 731 virus deaths in 24 hours
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    New York registers record 731 virus deaths in 24 hours

    New York state has recorded its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday, adding though that hospitalizations appeared to be "plateauing." Cuomo said 731 people succumbed to the new coronavirus on Monday, bringing the state's total death toll to 5,489. New York has borne the brunt of America's deadly coronavirus pandemic, accounting for around half the number of deaths across the country.

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    An airport fire in Florida destroyed over 3,500 rental cars that were stored in a field

    Rental cars around the country have been put in overflow storage in empty parking lots and fields because of the decline in travel. A fire over the weekend at Southwest Florida International Airport destroyed over 3,500 rental cars that were being stored in a grassy field. The fire started on Friday at the airport in Fort Myers, Florida, and was at first dubbed the "20 car fire" by local authorities.

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    Birx recounts story of her granddaughter spiking 105-degree fever

    Dr. Deborah Birx on Monday recounted the story of her granddaughter spiking a 105-degree fever.

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    Supreme Court rejects church challenge to ban on bus ads

    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a Catholic church in Washington, D.C., that sought to place religious-themed ads on public buses. The justices are leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling that found no fault with the Washington transit agency policy that banned all issue-oriented advertisements on the region's rail and bus system. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington sought to place an ad on the outside of public buses in the fall of 2017.

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    Coronavirus checks: White House halts Democrats' call for more cash payments

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  • Spain's coronavirus deaths tick up again to near 14,000
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    Spain's coronavirus deaths tick up again to near 14,000

    Spain's pace of coronavirus deaths ticked up for the first time in five days on Tuesday, with 743 people succumbing overnight, but there was still hope the national lockdown might be eased soon. Tuesday's toll from the health ministry compared to 637 deaths registered during the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 13,798, the second highest in the world after Italy. Still, the proportional daily increase of 5.7% was about half that reported a week ago.