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Visas for climate change induced displacement: a band-aid solution

In 2017 New Zealand announced it would consider creating a new visa category to help relocating people in the Pacific displaced by climate change. The new visa category would have been a world’s first and would be open to residents from Pacific Islands such as Kiribati and Tuvalu. However recently, the country has …

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Europe, a destination for climate migrants

According to a new study by researchers Anouch Missirian and Wolfram Schlenker, both linked to Columbia University, the number of migrants seeking asylum in the European Union will increase as the climate warms. Weather-induced conflicts in developing countries spill over to developed countries through asylum applications. The researchers have linked changes in …

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The impact of natural disasters on agriculture and food security

In May 2017 the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was held in Cancún, Mexico. The platform is the main international forum for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and the review of progress in the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction. Every year millions of people are forced …

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Progress on the New York Refugees Summit

Around this time, one year ago, Heads of State and Government came together within the UN General Assembly to discuss issues related specifically to migration and refugees. It was the first time ever that the UN General Assembly had expressed a commitment to sharing the responsibility for refugees. While still …

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Recognising migrants in disaster risk reduction efforts

According to UNHCR, currently around 60 million people are displaced worldwide. This is the highest number of people since WWII, and this number includes both refugees as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Measured against the world’s population of 7.4 billion people, one in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, …

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Climate change: human lives at stake

In the last decade the majority (90%) of disasters worldwide have been cause by floods, storms, heat waves and other weather-related events. A total of 6,457 weather related disasters have been recorded in the past twenty years, taking a total of 606,000 lives, with an average of 30,000 lives per …

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It’s the economy, stupid!

With the stroke of a pen Donald Trump ordered to review a clean power plan and to lift the ban on coal leases. The latest executive order rolls back the progress president Obama has made regarding climate change regulation. The order prioritises fossil fuels over renewables and it will review …

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2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

In May I will be attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction on behalf of Climate Refuge. For this reason, I will be focusing on disaster risk reduction topics in the coming months. The platform is the main forum at a global level for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development …

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Climate Migration in the Americas: building bridges instead of walls

In 2010, a research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study is one of the first studies trying to link scientific data on temperature rise and declining crop yields to climate-induced migration. The study focused on Mexico-US migration and its conclusion was that the …

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Has the Paris Agreement been trumped?

Last year around this time the world was gearing up for a historical climate deal in the making. The United States and 194 other nations were presented a final draft agreement on climate change. This agreement commits countries to a common goal on keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. …

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