Extreme weather drove out 2m people in 2018

Apr 01, 2019, 8:55 AM EDT
(Source: Takver/flickr)
(Source: Takver/flickr)

Climate change was abstract as long as it was remote. Its ugly face and socio-economic impacts no longer border on warming oceans or melting glaciers but are storming into our safe havens, the place we call home.

According to a report by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization, nearly two million people were displaced by extreme weather conditions by September 2018, notes Eco Watch. Far worse, extreme weather events, sparked by rising sea levels and high land and ocean temperatures, affected nearly 62 million people last year.

The 44-page report found that floods, triggered by shifting climate patterns, alone impacted nearly 35 million people, notes 10 Daily. The report comes as youth across the world rally against climate inaction at the highest political levels.

There is growing sentiment that mere lip service on climate matters cannot be accepted. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to come to the Climate Action Summit, scheduled for September 23 in New York, with a plan and not a speech.