30 May '18, 8am

Problem to opportunity: migration in times of climate change

Misunderstanding No.1: "Climate change is leading to an increase in natural disasters, and these disaster are the main cause of climate migration." Human-induced climatic changes are leading to more frequent and often intensified hurricanes, floods and droughts. A severe tropical storm, for example, can cause the deaths of many people, destroy infrastructure and property, and ultimately lead to the evacuation and expulsion of tens of thousands. In 2016 alone, about 23.5 million people were displaced by natural disasters. However, it's important to distinguish between the temporary displacement of communities and permanent migration. After a natural disaster like a hurricane or a flood has occurred, most of the people affected will eventually return home - in the course of weeks or months after the event - and will try to rebuild what has been destroyed. Picking up life aga...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/may/30/problem-opportunity-...

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