New Paper: Climate Change and the Risk of Statelessness: The Situation of Low-lying Island States

Susin Park, Head, UNHCR Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, wrote a paper entitled “Climate Change and the Risk of Statelessness:The Situation of Low-lying Island States.” The paper begins by examining the elements of statehood under public international law. While there is a strong presumption of continuity for established states, the possibility of a total loss […]

Special Issue: Environmentally-Induced Migration in the Context of Social Vulnerability

Thanks to Forced Migration Current Awareness we learned of a special issue of International Migration that focuses on environmentally-induced migration. Contents include the following: A Decision Framework for Environmentally Induced Migration Multidimensional Re-creation of cialis sale Vulnerabilities and Potential for Resilience in International Migration The Thin Line Between Choice and Flight: Environment and Migration in Rural […]

News: Climate Migration Will Not Wait for Scientific Certainty on Global Warming

(The Guardian) May 11, 2011 – Imagine if the world acted only when 100% scientific proof was in place. We would still be insulating buildings with cancer-causing asbestos and fuelling cars with lead additives, damaging babies’ brains. The circulation in fridges would also be done by chemicals that, by thinning the Earth’s protective ozone layer, […]

Event Summary: UNHCR's Deliberations on Climate Change and Displacement

UNHCR organized an expert roundtable on climate change and displacement, which was held in Bellagio, Italy, from 22 to 25 February 2011, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation. Main messages to come out of the event included: Displacement is likely to be a significant consequence of global climate change processes of both a rapid […]

News: Climate Change Set to Cause Migrant Surge

(CNN) November 17, 2010 – The devastating effects of climate change and conflicts fought over ever-scarcer resources such as water could cause a surge in migration that experts fear the world is totally unprepared for. At least one billion people will be forced from their homes between now and 2050 by such forces, the international charity […]

Online Discussion Panel from the Environmental Justice Foundation

I have posted before about the Environmental Justice Foundation which is a UK-based NGO working internationally to protect the natural environment and human rights. Their “Climate Refugees: No Place Like Home” campaign is dedicated to arguing the case of those displaced by climate climate change, putting the call to governments and our political leaders for […]