Who is Responsible for The Global Climate Crisis?

Why is The Amount of Climate Refugees on The Rise?

June 20th is World Refugee Day. According to UNHCR, there are 70.8 MILLION forcibly displaced people worldwide.

 

Furthermore, migration due to climate change is on a rise. The World Bank estimates that climate change could force more than 140 million people to migrate within countries by 2050.

 

Learn more about Climate Refugees and The Human Cost of Global Climate Change, article published by Environmental Justice, accessible at the Environmental Migration Portal:

 

Environmental Migration Portal: Climate Refugees and the Human Cost of Global Climate Change

 

 

What Are Climate Change “Hot Spots”?

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“UNHCR, The Environment & Climate Change. The majority of the 59.5M people of concern to UNHCR are situated in climate change hot spots around the world, facing the risk of secondary or repeated displacement due to natural hazards and the effects of climate change.”

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When we now discuss and research anthropogenic (caused by human activity) climate change, climate change skeptics refer to the fact that the Earth´s climate has always had variations and periods of e.g. ice age, which is of course true. However, anthropogenic climate change is what we now experience as drastic, possibly even unexpected and sudden changes in the Earth´s climate, whereby e.g. the warming of the Arctic region is so influential that it can actually halt the Gulf Stream, which brings warmer weather to Northern Europe. No one knows for sure where this is leading: on one hand, currently, the climate has become somewhat milder in Northern Europe. When we used to have snow already in October, or November, now it is mainly raining until the snow arrives as late as in January.

In the past years, rainfall has increased at least here in Finland, and the weather patterns seem to be more unpredictable, or should I say, rain throughout the year. This year we had snowfall in May in Southern Finland, which is extremely rare. When Midsummer (in June) used to be the start of the short Summer here in Finland, we have now often experienced temperatures similar to Christmas, meaning that Midsummer (June) and Christmas (December) have become equally warm, or, cold, depending upon how you see it. I have a lot of relatives living in Northern Finland, Lapland. This year there is no red color in the Autumn coloring due to the weather being too warm, another example of how changing weather patterns rapidly influence the environment.

So, what are climate change hot spots? According to a number of sources, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change hot spots are key regions around the world that are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The vulnerability includes several geographical factors, such as proximity to the ocean (sea level rise), and aridity. Nevertheless, anthropogenic climate change affects everything that is living on this planet.

See a map of the world´s climate change hot spots, as presented by the Global Policy Journal: Global Policy Journal – Climate Change ‘Hotspots’: Why they Matter and Why we Should Invest in them

Learn more about the topic by watching UN University´s “Enhancing Resilience to Climate and Ecosystem Changes: The Ghana Model

 

 

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Climate Mitigation Necessary To Prevent Displacements

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“UNHCR, The Environment & Climate Change. Unless strong climate mitigation and adaptation measures are implemented worldwide, along with disaster-preparedness and disaster risk reduction measures, the likelihood of displacements will continue to grow.”

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According to current estimations, the number of climate refugees will grow up to 150 MILLION (150.000.000) by 2050, unless necessary actions are being taken to prevent this from happening. At the moment, one person PER SECOND is forced to flee their home due to climate change. That makes 3.600 persons per hour, 86.400 persons per day, 604.800 persons per week, 2.592.000 persons per month and 31.536.000 persons per year, on the average. Huge numbers. For a moment, put yourself in the shoes in one of these climate refugees lives, and try to imagine how YOU would feel if this happened to you.

Watch:

The World’s First Climate Refugees

 

 

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One Person Per Second Displaced Due To Natural Hazards Worldwide

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“IDMC. Since 2008, an average of 26.4M people per year have been displaced from their homes by disasters brought on by natural hazards. One person per second on the average.”

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Note from author: IDMC is the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre which was established in 1998 “to fill an important knowledge gap on the global scale and patterns of internal displacement.” (IDMC).

Today, conflicts often arise as a consequence of natural disasters, such as extreme drought. The ongoing Syrian civil war, for example, is thought to have its roots in human-caused climate change. (ScienceDirect. Political Geography. Climate change and the Syrian civil war revisited. Volume 60. September 2017, pages 232-244). Read the whole article here: Climate change and the Syrian civil war revisited

An example video: India´s Water Crisis: A Warning To The World:

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