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Rising Tides : Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century

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Global climate change and global refugee crises will soon become inextricably interlinked. A new tsunami of climate refugees flows across the earth. We are now at the moment of truth."Climate change is with us and we need to think about the next big disturbing idea - the potentially disastrous consequences of massive numbers of environmental refugees at large on the planet. In 2020 the United Nations projects that we will have 50 million environmental refugees mostly from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. How will people be relocated and settled? Is it possible to offer environmental refugees temporary or permanent asylum? Will these refugees have any collective rights in the new areas they inhabit? And lastly, who will pay the costs of all the affected countries during the process of resettlement? Environmental refugees are a problem beyond the scope of a single country or agency."John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, from the bookshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.73mm | 371.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 16 b&w illus., 5 maps, 3 tables
  • 0253025885
  • 9780253025883
  • 945,514

Review quote

"A passionately argued, well-documented wake-up call on the dire, current and undeniable human fallout from climate change. Looking behind the headlines, it connects the dots in a way that will inform and should alarm us all." -Eugene L. Meyer, author of Chesapeake Country "This chilling and urgent call to action spares no detail in its mission to present the facts on a looming humanitarian disaster. Climate-change warning messages too often focus on the environment without going into specifics of how humans will be hurt by global warming. Rising Tides singlehandedly rectifies this issue... Thanks to an equal reliance on current events and models, as well as the authors' thorough understanding of geopolitics, the case is beyond convincing." -Foreword Reviews "Rising Tides deals masterfully with a neglected crisis, how climate change is driving migration. The discussion of the interrelationship between conflict-driven migration and climate-driven migration is fascinating. The crisis is upon us: Many of the Mediterranean displaced people are climate refugees, not conflict refugees. Some are both. The work is easily grasped by the general reader, and its source material is a gold mine for interested experts. Wennersten and Robbins don't shy away from grim conclusions: The climate refugees aren't going home, and the global community needs to accommodate them. The work broaches solutions both practical, like reforestation, and political, like the need for a new international charter for handling non-conflict refugees." -Christopher E. Goldthwait, US Ambassador retiredshow more

About John R. Wennersten

John R. Wennersten is an environmental affairs writer and author of Global Thirst: Water and Society in the 21st Century. Denise Robbins is a writer and communications expert on climate change issues in Washington, DC. A graduate of Cornell University, she regularly publishes articles dealing with all aspects of global and national environmental change, with a focus on regional politics.show more

Table of contents

PrefacePart 1Climate Refugees in the 21st CenturyIntroduction - Rising Tide: Climate Refugees in the 21st CenturyChapter 1: Seeking Shelter From the StormChapter 2: RefugeedomPart 2Pressure Points and Regional AnalysisChapter 3: What Happens When Your Country Drowns?Chapter 4: The Crisis Hits Home: Climate Refugees In The United StatesChapter 5: Latin America: Land Of Rain, Land Of ThirstChapter 6: Africa: Environmental Conflicts In A War-Torn LandChapter 7: Middle East: The Boiling Point Of Climate Change And National SecurityChapter 8: Asia: The Looming CrisisPart 3 Policy Implications and ConclusionsChapter 9: Current Affairs and Climate RefugeesChapter 10: The Shape Of Things To Comeshow more