Jon Barnett: Climate Adaptation Not Just Building Infrastructure, But Expanding Options “I think it’s appropriate to think about [climate change] adaptation or investments in adaptation as investments to open up the range of choices available to people to deal with an uncertain future,” said Jon Barnett, associate professor of geography at the University of Melbourne, in an interview with ECSP. “In some circumstances it might […]

New Publication: Climate Change and Displacement

Jane McAdam has further added to the gap in climate change and migration literature with her newest opus Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. As her book summary outlines: Environmental migration is not new. Nevertheless, the events and processes accompanying global climate change threaten to increase human movement both within States and across international borders. The […]

New Publication: Climate Change and Small Island States

Geographers Jon Barnett and John Campbell bring climate change impacts in small island states to the fore with their new aptly-named book Climate Change and Small Island States. Not that island states didn’t already enjoy popular attention, as the book’s description suggests: Small Island Developing States are often depicted as being among the most vulnerable […]

News: Fleeing Disaster Can Be a Good Thing

(IRIN) March 30, 2010 – JOHANNESBURG, The hapless people flooding ports and airport terminals in developed countries are occasionally seen as “environmental migrants” or even “environmentally induced migrants”, fleeing natural disasters in their part of the world. Now, some countries have begun turning this displacement into a positive learning experience by providing such migrants with […]

In a Changing Climate, Migration as Adaptation is Key

Over the past few weeks, climate migration as exaggeration has been a popular refrain. Most notably, in a recently published article in Environment and Urbanization, where Dr. Cecilia Tacoli, senior researcher at the International Institute of Environment and Development, further makes the case that climate-induced migration projections are wildly inflated. Why, you ask yourself, would […]

Mobility Key to Climate Change Adaptation, Say Experts

edToolbar() (IRIN) September 15, 2009 – “Migration and mobility are always seen as exceptions but they are the norm. Mobility helps people get out of poverty,” s aid Cecelia Tacoli, senior researcher with London-based NGO the International Institute for Environment and Development. “If people affected by climate change lack access to resources or need to […]