Population Displacement

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Getting pro-active on climate change and population displacement

Getting pro-active on climate change and population displacement

A cyberseminar organized by the Population-Environment Research Network in November 2011, brought together academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss the topic of population displacement. Each expert offered a research study they had been participating in to advance the knowledge surrounding population displacement and climate change. The cyberseminar addressed how communities can better […]

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The Interplay between Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict

The Interplay between Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict

A recent blog post by Michael Wertz and Laura Conley at thinkprogress.org provides an excellent overview of the inter-connections between climate change, population migration, and conflict. The authors address crisis scenarios in the 21st century, providing a stark picture of the challenges ahead, and reminding governments around the world that the problems are real and […]

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Millimetres Turning Into Centimetres For Pacific Islanders

Millimetres Turning Into Centimetres For Pacific Islanders

No, it’s not a miracle of engineering – it’s sea level rise. An article by InterPress Service outlines the increasing concerns of the people living on small Pacific Islands, as the next world COP summit on emissions prepares to convene in Durban. Climate change is already a stark reality for the islanders. “Traditional knowledge about […]

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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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