In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that the greatest single impact of climate change could be on human migration—with millions of people displaced by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, and agricultural disruption. Since then various analysts have tried to put numbers on future flows of climate migrants
The number of “forcibly displaced people” rose to 68.5 million last year, according to the UN refugee agency reporting. 16.2 million people were newly driven from their homes in 2017. 44,400 each day. 1 every 2 seconds. “International responsibility-sharing for displaced people has utterly collapsed,” said Secretary General of the
“We’re convinced that average, ordinary people can tackle the toughest issues facing humanity.” -Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff A small ambitious Ethiopian nonprofit which manufactures and distributes portable solar powered lanterns is one of twelve nominees for the 2018 Billion Acts campaign: Little Sun is nominated along with IKEA for the
Some three weeks ago, V106, a three-year-old Laysan albatross, returned to nest at her ‘fledgling home’ in Oahu’s James Campbell Refuge. She had spent the first years of her life exploring the vast northern Pacific Ocean. Her return signaled the first milestone in a project to resettle 46 sea-birds, accustomed
Earth Day 2018 marked the 20 year anniversary of climatologist Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” chart, which detailed the pattern of unprecedented warming in the later part of the 20th century and attributed it to the impact of fossil-fuel-driven development on earth’s atmosphere. The paper concluded that the 20th century, particularly
The Paris text was a political fix in which grand words masked inadequate deeds. The voluntary national emission reduction commitments since Paris now put the world on a path of 3.4°C of warming by 2100, and more than 5°C if high-end risks including carbon-cycle feedbacks are taken into account. The Paris outcome
You live in a coastal region where impacts from sea level rise are already evident. Your life or the life of someone you know has already been disrupted due to serious water stressors — either flood, fires, or droughts. Your access to clean drinking water is threatened or non-existent. The place you call home
A CUNY report suggests that some 500,000 people could leave Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. One month after the hurricane, 80% of the island remains without power, approximately 1/4 of its residents lack access to clean drinking water, and access to medical care is severely curtailed.