OK, internal migration in Bangladesh. Poor rurals moving into urban slums. ETc, etc.
The thing wrong?
…climate change is fuelling a migration crisis …the effects of climate change. ….Each year, millions of Bangladeshis are being forced to migrate from their rural homelands to cities because of climate change related issues
Well, no, not really. Cyclones displace people, storm surges salinate land, sure. But cyclones are hardly new in Bengal, nor storm surges. There is vast population pressure on the land – can you imagine how crowded a Malthusian economy will get when you can crop rice 3 and sometimes even 4 times a year? One slight falter, let alone a misstep, and yes, internal migration as opposed to starvation.
But climate change? Jeebus, the place is one vast river delta. Land loss etc is just part and parcel of the basic geography. As is a few more billion tonnes of soil coming downstream every year.
I’m even willing to agree that the place will do badly out of climate change. But I would insist that to measure the cc effect you’ve got to subtract what would be happening anyway. Which no one ever does….