Population Displacement

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Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Multidisciplinary team led by Indiana University professor Elinor Ostrom to conduct research on impacts of climate change on water

Elinor Ostrom, Distinguished Professor of political science at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington and the 2009 Nobel Prize Laureate in economic sciences, is the principal investigator in a three-year project to study the impact of climate change on water resources and the ability of governance systems to adapt to the resulting challenges. “Much of the world’s […]

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Syria’s woes paint picture of environmental migration to come

Syria’s woes paint picture of environmental migration to come

An article in AlertNet by Jacob Park entitled “Climate Conversations – Syria’s woes paint picture of environmental migration to come” outlines the devastating drought that has gripped Syria since 2006 and reportedly driven more than 1.5 million people from the countryside to cities in search for food and economic normality, a rarely reported issue against […]

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Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

Starving Somalis flooding into refugee camps

An article in the National Post details how thousands of Somalis are walking for weeks to reach a United Nations refugee camp at Dadaab in northeastern Kenya. Many of them arrive acutely malnourished and dehydrated, with nothing but the clothes on their backs resulting from two years of severe drought exacerbated by high local cereal […]

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When the Nile runs dry

When the Nile runs dry

Affluent countries like Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and India are acquiring or leasing huge tracts of fertile plains across the African continent to produce wheat, rice and corn for consumption back home, in response to rising global food prices and reduced exportation of commodities. Some of these land acquisitions are enormous. South Korea, which […]

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Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Leaving a warming Arctic: First-hand account of climate change and the effect on bowhead whales

Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, writes a blog from the NY Times entitled “Scientist at Work, Notes From The Field”. Writing from Alaska where she is finalizing in a visual census of bowhead whales, Kate gives a first-hand account of the how the changes in climate […]

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Study predicts major increase in Mexican migrants to the US due to climate change

Study predicts major increase in Mexican migrants to the US due to climate change

Princeton University has released a report – Climate change ‘will increase Mexico-US migration‘ –that draws a clear connection between climate change and immigration, according to BBC News. The report suggests that a warming climate could see millions of Mexicans migrate to the US as rising temperatures cause a drop in crop yields, referencing a study […]

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UN projects 50 Million Environmental Refugees by 2020

UN projects 50 Million Environmental Refugees by 2020

The UN has announced that we can expect to see 50 million environmental refugees by 2020, and that many people are already being displaced by food shortages and bad weather in Africa and India. An article in the Huffington Post talks about migrants arriving in Southern European countries such as Spain and Germany, and points […]

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“Towards Recognition” – a fantastic blog raising awareness about environmental migrants

“Towards Recognition” – a fantastic blog raising awareness about environmental migrants

ACT would like to take a moment to draw your attention to a fantastic Vancouver-based blog “Towards Recognition” which aims to raise awareness about the crucial topic of environmental migrants, sometimes know as ‘climate refugees’. Towards Recognition was created by Dan DaSilva, an independent researcher and information specialist who works on the specific issue of […]

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