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Anthropocene and Its Victims: Migration as Failure or Adaptive Strategy?

Gemenne argues that climate change is a form of political persecution, that victims of the anthropocene are also victims of political persecution, thus, we should reinstate the term “climate refugee.”

by |June 17, 2015
display at Three Gorges Dam Museum in Chongqing

Mekong Delta and Three Gorges Dam: World’s First Climate Change Resettlements?

Many resettlers are economically better off, but the dislocations remain significant, especially for older resettlers, who have a harder time getting work in the newly developed industrial sector. Although the plight of some resettlers has been quite difficult (one older man competed fiercely to serve as a porter for us for the royal sum of $6), and there are stories of suicide in some resettler communities, it is hard to separate the problems they face from the larger dislocations that are so prevalent in 21st century China.

by |March 6, 2014
Map showing estimates of net migration for dryland areas of the world

Migration in Risk-Prone Areas

Access to data that lets us analyze global migration patterns is critical to climate change adaptation planning, among other applications.

Plate 404 of Birds of America by John James Audubon depicting Eared Grebe

Crash Land Home for the Holidays

As holidays approach and we plan our ‘seasonal’ migrations to see our families, many other species are making their own migrations — though with a few more snafus than we humans might hit.

by |December 20, 2011
Short rainfall from October to December of 2005 caused Kenyans to experience a severe drought throughout early 2006. Drought over the past two years is once again causing displacement in the Horn of Africa, and now leading to famine in parts of Somalia. Photo:Beatrice Spadacini/CARE

Unsettled by Climate Change

Climate change already laps at the edges of some communities, disrupting local economies and habitat, and forcing resettlement. But a new study notes that any efforts to offset the effects of shifting climate could lead to even more displacement and disruption for many people, particularly the poor.

by |October 27, 2011
Map showing migration in dry ecosystems

Migration in the Face of Global Environmental Change

Over the past 40 years, coastal and inland water ecosystems experienced the greatest levels of net in-migration, vs. mountain, forest, cultivated, and dryland ecosystems, which experienced the greatest levels of net out-migration, says a new report.

by |October 24, 2011
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Climate and the Border: Why Rising Temperatures Will Add Immigration Challenges

When experts warn of the consequences of global climate change, they usually cite impacts on natural systems. They tell us that ice caps will melt, sea levels will rise, extreme weather will become more common, droughts will increase in frequency, oceans will become more acidic and so on. In recent years, we have also come… read more

by |August 12, 2010

A new report says climate change could spur unprecedented migration

Could climate change cause the greatest human migration in history? A new report says that millions of people around the globe have already been forced to relocate due to climate-related impacts, and it explains why hundreds of millions more may be displaced in the next few decades. The report, written by researchers at the Center… read more

by |June 18, 2009