Population Displacement

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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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If we could talk to climate refugees around the world, what would they tell us?

If we could talk to climate refugees around the world, what would they tell us?

Second in a series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. After meeting someone who identified themselves as a climate refugee for the first time a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about the stories that other people displaced from their homeland might tell us. How did […]

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Carbon Talks: Resilient Renewable Communities

Carbon Talks: Resilient Renewable Communities

How do you reduce energy use and shift to renewable energy while ensuring resiliency in a city? A number of global cities, including the City of Vancouver, have adopted a 100% renewable energy target in one or more of their electricity, heating & cooling, and transportation sectors. While reaching these goals will require a shift towards […]

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Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Nearly one in three natural world heritage sites are at risk of exploration for fossil fuels and mining, a report from the conservation charity WWF has found. The record high of 31% at risk is up from 24% last year. Natural world heritage sites are selected as the most important globally to conserve for reasons of natural beauty […]

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A New “Normal”: Our Climate is Changing, and Vulnerable People Everywhere Are On the Move

A New “Normal”: Our Climate is Changing, and Vulnerable People Everywhere Are On the Move

First in a weekly series of blogs on climate change and population displacement. By Claire Havens, ACT population displacement researcher. Last week on the bohemian, cafe-lined streets of Melbourne, I met a 25-year old Pakistani refugee canvassing for the UNHCR. When I asked him why his family had fled Pakistan to Australia, his answer was […]

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New Study: Waterworld Is Definitely Going to Happen

New Study: Waterworld Is Definitely Going to Happen

A new study has found that if humans burn all of the known reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas, virtually all the ice on the planet will melt, inundating the land with up to 200 feet of sea level rise. The good news is we’ll all be long dead by the time this happens. […]

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