Population Displacement

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Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea Level Rise: Who Should Take Responsibility in Silicon Valley?

Sea level rise is becoming a dominant theme as communities plan for climate change. On the East Coast of the United States, the eroding shorelines of Miami and the projected loss of billions of dollars of upscale homes has come to symbolize personal loss that is now at risk from global warming. For many of us, it is […]

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Population and Climate: Consumption is the Bigger Problem

Population and Climate: Consumption is the Bigger Problem

A new article in The Guardian points out that while any argue population growth is an issue for climate change, the bigger problem is how we consume resources. “If we want to reduce our impacts this century…it is consumption we must address. Population growth is outpaced by the growth in our consumption of almost all resources. […]

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Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

Tyee article: Preparing for the next big flood

An article posted today in The Tyee points out that while politicians often make promises about adaptation after extreme weather events occur, they are less likely to follow through on those promises long-term. This lack of adaptation planning makes communities more vulnerable to future climate events. “The flood of 2013 [in Alberta] may have been […]

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Paris 2015: Climate Change and Peace

Paris 2015: Climate Change and Peace

After the devastating attacks last Friday in Paris, here is a beautiful piece from 350.org about the need to work for climate justice in order to work for peace. “The upcoming Paris Climate Summit is, in a sense, a peace summit — perhaps the most important peace summit that has ever been held. “We need […]

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Let’s Put Two and Two Together on Refugees and Climate Change

Let’s Put Two and Two Together on Refugees and Climate Change

Fifth in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. There is a new Liberal government in Canada, and, for many citizens concerned about climate change and the Syrian refugee crisis, the election results mean a chance for real action. Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to […]

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Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

Indonesia is burning. So why is the world looking away?

I’ve often wondered how the media would respond when eco-apocalypse struck. I pictured the news programmes producing brief, sensational reports, while failing to explain why it was happening or how it might be stopped. Then they would ask their financial correspondents how the disaster affected share prices, before turning to the sport. As you can probably tell, […]

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The Twisted Fate of Northern Communities: Home of the First North American Climate Refugees

The Twisted Fate of Northern Communities: Home of the First North American Climate Refugees

Third in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. We’ve all heard about polar bears starving, stranded on ice flows and unable to hunt effectively due to global warming. Photos flash around the world of emaciated bears struggling to survive in a rapidly changing environment, […]

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Map Shows Where Sea Level Rise Will Drown American Cities

Map Shows Where Sea Level Rise Will Drown American Cities

Rising tides are already lapping away at shorelines from Bellingham to Biscayne Bay. And with atmospheric carbon dioxide levels steadily rising, many of the country’s coastal cities and towns will someday be under water. That’s even if the December Paris climate talks lead to significant global emissions cuts. A new map from Climate Central shows how the water will […]

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