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By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and African Union (AU) agencies has found that Africa’s eastern glaciers will vanish over the next 20 years, and 118 million people will face droughts, floods, and extreme heat. Climate experts say the melting of the continent’s glaciers should be a […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer Much has been made of the United States’’ refusal to help take in migrants displaced by climate change — most notably, the Trump administration denied Temporary Protected Status for Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian. But in the wake of wildfires scorching the west coast and Hurricane Laura flooding the […]
Human rights advocates are cheering a landmark decision by the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) mandating that governments must take into account the human rights violations caused by the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers. In the decision, the UNHRC outlined that countries could violate people’s international rights if they force them […]
Why This Matters: Millions of people around the world — including Americans — are already suffering due to climate change and it has created a refugee crisis. According to the proposal’s proponents, since 2009, a climate-related disaster has displaced about one person every second due to severe weather events, famine, drought, and rising sea levels, and other climate impacts. The United Nations believes that 22.5 million people worldwide have been displaced due to climate change since 2009 and that number could rise to 200 million forcibly displaced people by 2050. We will be confronted with this problem regardless of whether Congress passes a law allowing the government to deal with it directly.
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