Half a Degree More Global Warming could Flood Out 5 Million More People

Friday, Mar 9, 2018

A seemingly small difference between an increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees C would mean the inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations, a new study found.

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The first author on the study was DJ Rasmussen, a graduate student with the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at Princeton University. Maya Buchanan received a Ph.D. in 2017 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Benjamin Strauss received a Ph.D. in 2007 from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is the director of STEP and a faculty associate of the Program in Atmospheric and Ocean SciencesPrinceton Environmental Institute, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.