UNHCR’s Perspective on Climate Displacement

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recently updated their policy paper entitled Climate change, natural disasters and human displacement: a UNHCR perspective, which was originally released October 2008. The 14-page paper looks at the human side of climate change, particularly the status and protection needs of those who are most directly affected. […]

'Time to Click' Shows Us the Human Face of Climate Change

‘Time to Click’ is an internet campaign calling on photographers around the world – professional and amateur alike – to help show the human face of climate change. Time to Click asks photographers to submit pictures that show how climate change affects their communities right now, and how it affects people in the places they’ve […]

Latest Round of the Climate Change Talks Update

Here is an update for those of you that are following the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) this December. More than 2,000 representatives met at the latest round of the Climate Change Talks, which took place on August 10-14. The committee had the current revised version of the negotiating […]

Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for a Convention on Climate Change Refugees

Harvard Law School has just published the second issue of thier semi-annual Harvard Environmental Law Review. The issue includes the article Confronting a Rising Tide: A Proposal for a Convention on Climate Change Refugees, which is authored by Harvard Law School lecturers Bonnie Docherty and Tyler Giannini. This is an excellent piece which advocates for […]

"We Aren't Refugees"

(Inside Story) June 30, 2009 – For people on Kiribati and Tuvalu facing increasing climate pressures, the description “refugee” has too many negative connotations, write Jane McAdam and Maryanne Loughry. Over the past decade a new term has entered the lexicon of policy makers and the media: climate change refugees. Human movement caused by environmental […]

The Ongoing Definitional Debate

Environmental refugees, climate refugees, environmental migrants, environmentally displaced people – these are just some of the names that have been given by the general public, media, and experts alike to describe people forced to leave their homes when their livelihoods and safety are jeopardized from the sudden and creeping effects of climate change. Let’s take […]