Climate migrants

Climate migrants: where will they go?

“With climate-fueled hurricanes, wildfires, and other climate-related disasters intensifying, climate migration is on the minds of communities and researchers. Around the globe, more than 216 million people could be forced to move due to climate change by 2050, according to a 2021 World Bank report. By 2100, 13 million U.S. residents could be displaced by sea level rise alone. The topic of climate migration leads to numerous questions, from “Where…

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Sea level rise and climate change: impact on the economy and migration

Update to the Sea level rise and climate change bibliography; these articles have been added to the Science Primary Literature database — Feature articles: *Robinson, C., Dilkina, B., & Moreno-Cruz, J. (2020). Modeling migration patterns in the USA under sea level rise. PLoS One, 15(1), e0227436. [PDF] [Cited by] “Climate change is already affecting millions of people around the world. Human migration is a natural…

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There is a much greater flood risk in the United States

Across much of the United States, the flood risk is greater (in some cases, far greater) than what government estimates and maps currently show. As a result, millions of homes and properties and many millions of people are facing a threat they have not thought they faced and may not have known about when they purchased or rented a property–a flooding threat that will only…

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Sea level rise and climate change

Quick bibliography: Reviews/recent articles on sea level rise and climate change. **Updated January 2021** Classic reviews: *Hallegatte, S., Green, C., Nicholls, R. J., & Corfee-Morlot, J. (2013). Future flood losses in major coastal cities. Nature Climate Change, 3(9), 802-806. [PDF] [Cited by] “Flood exposure is increasing in coastal cities owing to growing populations and assets, the changing climate, and subsidence. Average global flood losses in…

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The impact of sea level rise on Florida–and the world

Read these two excerpts (here and here) from a new book by Elizabeth Rush which details the effects of sea level rise on the south coast of Florida, USA.  “Sunny day flooding”–where coasts flood even without rain and storms due to rising seas and high tides is increasingly frequent today.  This is not a theory or a prediction; it is happening today “from Portland, Maine…

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Antarctica’s ice is melting faster and the seas are rising

Most of the world’s fresh water is found frozen in Antarctica.  And, that ice is melting today–and the melting is happening at an increasing rate.  A new study estimates that the rate of melting “has tripled since 2007.”  At this rate, the melting ice will “contribute 6 inches to sea-level rise by 2100.” While this may not seem threatening occurring over decades, it will cause…

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