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Protecting people who move in the context of environmental change
Protecting people who move in the context of environmental change

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“Rohingya refugee shelters ‘washed away’ in Bangladesh monsoon rains.
Two days of heavy monsoon rains have caused severe structural damage to camps in Bangladesh hosting one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Monday”
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“Climate change has not been kind to Antarctica. According to a comprehensive new study, global warming has already bled the frigid continent, which is larger than Europe, of about 2.7 trillion tons of ice. This enormous amount of ice has already raised global sea levels by as much as a centimeter.

This outflow seems to be increasing: Almost half of all losses have occurred in just the last five years. And the continent is hemorrhaging that mass in a way that will lead to especially high sea levels on the East Coast of the United States.

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This highlights a crucial link between displacement and climate change. While the Rohingya were not displaced by a natural or climate-driven disasters - they are now at the mercy of a number of climate related events - monsoon rains, flooding and cyclone strikes. It is entirely possible that the next stage of the Rohingya's displacement will be driven by climate-linked events.
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This is an incredible collection of photos from the floods in Somalia. There is a tendency with disaster photography to show the disaster from afar, without people in it - just a scene of destruction. Or to show people looking desperate, or injured. This collection does something better than that. Yes, it shows the reality people are facing, but the images give an insight into life amongst a disaster, rather than simply showing desperation along.
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This is a very clear demonstration of the complexity of the climate change and hurricane relationship. When we say 'climate change will make hurricanes worse' people usually image they will be more powerful. But what this research shows is that they will change in other ways too, which may be just a destructive. It seems increased temperatures may make hurricanes 'linger', dropping more water when they hit land, and causing more flooding. So they may create more havoc and displacement, but without actually becoming more powerful. This is complex stuff, but it's important to take the time to get to grips with it.
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This is today's essential reading. This is a collection of stories looking at the displacement that resulted from last year's hurricane session - with lots to say about the links with climate change. The pieces are all human stories, exploring the experiences of people who have moved - and the places they have left and arrived to.
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This is a long, but worthwhile read. 'Myth 3' is particularly interesting. We often believe that if we could convey to the public the situations that refugees and migrants are in, that these real stories will lead to a change in public attitudes. This is an understandable belief. However it seems that while people do find such stories moving, and troubling and react emotionally to them - they do not lead to real changes in attitudes. There is a parallel here with climate change - certain forms of knowledge and information can be compelling and interesting to the public. But that does not necessarily mean that people will suddenly change their beliefs.
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Do take the time to explore this new iterative map of displacement. It covers all the world's displacement events - including those linked to the impacts of climate change. The map is produced by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. You're probably familiar with their annual estimates of displacement that we often refer to. This map uses all that data and presents in a new interactive way that makes it easier to explore and understand.
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What do you all make of this? Should the military have a role in fixing climate change? Could their institutional support swing the debate? Or does adopting military narratives around climate change lead to military responses? If we look to the military for thinking on climate solutions, will be end up with security driven answers? Have a read and let us know what you think.
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