Publication: Sea Level Rise and the Freely Associated States: Addressing Environmental Migration Under the Compacts of Free Association

If you’re in the mood for a highly technical, legal read, the Columbian Journal of Environmental Law published “Sea Level Rise and the Freely Associated States: Addressing Environmental Migration Under the Compacts of Free Association” in vol. 37, no. 1. From the introduction: Few issues in the climate change debate today are as compelling or […]

Report: Climate-Induced Migration A Growing Humanitarian Threat

(AlertNet) March 13, 2012- Disaster-prone Asia Pacific will see a surge in climate-induced migration this century and governments need to start planning to avoid humanitarian crises caused by millions of people fleeing their homes, a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned Tuesday. Migration linked to climate change, a phenomenon that will “only […]

News: Kiribati Mulls Fiji Land Purchase In Battle Against Sea

(BBC News) March 8, 2012 – Kiribati’s President Anote Tong is in talks to buy 23 sq km (9 sq miles) on Fiji’s Vanua Levu island. The land is wanted for crops, to settle some Kiribati farm ers and to extract earth for sea defences, reports say. Some of Kiribati’s 32 coral atolls, which straddle […]

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 […]

Q&A: The Finer Points of Rising Sea Levels

(Inter Press Service) November 18, 2011 – Rousbeh Legatis interviews Mary-Elena Carr, associate director of the Columbia Climate Centre at the Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. Long before the Pacific will rise to a level that will leave its estimated 30,000 islands submerged, most of them might be severely affected by frequent […]

News: Rising Sea Levels Threaten Ghana's Coastal Communities

(SciDevNet) October 21, 2011 – Ghana will experience increased flooding brought on by rising sea levels caused by global warming, a modelling study has predicted. The study, published in Remote Sensing last month (7 September), says that about 650,000 people and almost 1,000 buildings in the three communities in the Dansoman area of Accra will be vulnerable to […]