Climate change will probably redraw the human habitation map due to increasing global temperatures. Parag Khana prepared the futuristic map below to depict the regions of the world that respectively will become least and most suitable for settlement by human beings in the future (by 2070 or earlier).
The optimal geographies for human habitation are shifting as temperatures rise. Darker regions will become unsuitable for human habitation by 2070 or sooner, while lighter areas will become more suitable for settlement. (NASA, National Academy of Sciences, Chi Xu, Marten Scheffer).
Not depicted on the map are the multiple problems associated with large human migrations (displacement, famine, refugees, etc.). If historical trends persist in the future, these challenges will be compounded by a worldwide growing population, which means that the planet will have to support more human beings on it, with more parts not being suitable for human life.
In addition to the above, such large-scale migrations could entail a shift in political and economic power, which may bring along conflicts about power redistribution and geographic borders. Climate change will test the limits of national and global governance and international cooperation.
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