Climate Change Refugees
"We must be prepared for a large surge of people moving against their will,"
he said. "I wouldn't venture to talk about specific numbers, it's too speculative,
but certainly we're talking about millions here."
UNHCR recognizes that the consequences of climate change are extremely serious,
including for refugees and other people of concern. The Global Compact on Refugees,
adopted by an overwhelming majority in the UN General Assembly in December 2018,
directly addresses this growing concern. It recognizes that 'climate,
environmental degradation and natural disasters increasingly interact with the
drivers of refugee movements.'
A United Nations panel has ruled refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries.
The Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians have lived on the Isle de Jean Charles off the coast of Louisiana for generations. The Native Americans were originally forced to flee to the island as refugees from the Indian Removal Act in the 1830’s. Now, these indigenous people are being forced to flee due to human induced […]
THE MARSHALL ISLANDS — If your home is going underwater, you have no doubt about human induced climate change. This is the case for Bikini islanders. In the 1940’s, Bikini island was used for atomic bomb tests. The United States conducted at least 23 nuclear tests including the Bravo hydrogen bomb (the […]
As human induced climate change is realized, mammals have started showing patterns of migration. Some conditions are driving animals south due to the loss of their habitat (mostly animals living on ice, such as, seals and polar bears.) Some conditions are allowing animals to migrate further north (like humpback whales.) […]
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