Saturday, February 12, 2011

Climate Change Ecomigration

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar

A Bangladeshi migrant with his belongings
I posted earlier about how the people of the Carteret Islands are being forced to relocate as the rising seas wash their home away. This may not be the first ecomigration—the relocation of people due to ecological reasons—but it certainly won't be the last due to climate change. Not only islands, but low-lying coastal areas are also becoming uninhabitable:

The coastlines of Bangladesh, India and Myanmar have become a flashpoint for sudden cyclones and tidal floods. With every natural disaster more of the population is forced to leave their homes and livelihoods and relocate.


[Photo journalist Mohammad Rakibul] Hasan says the the fate of Bangladesh’s climate refugees is predictable: misery. 'It seems to be a silent genocide,' he adds.
The rise of extreme weather events is one predicted aspect of climate change, and the impact of these severe storms is undeniable. How many must suffer before there is concerted global action?

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