The severe drought in East Africa is a reminder that the effects of changes in climate can have devastating effects on whole populations.
So it's imperative that we learn about how to better plan for inevitable changes in climate?
Dr. Jane McAdam is a professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. She's especially interested in how international refugee law and human rights treaties are placed to cope with predicted mass migrations of people threatened by climate change.
While there is little doubt that climate change has a major impact on human migration and displacement, questions still remain. Do households use migration as an adaptation strategy and if so, how does this play out at the family level? How can the human rights of those crossing international borders because of climate change be upheld?
This synthesis provides key lessons drawn from evaluations and completion reports of the ADB-supported emergency response and rehabilitation efforts in developing member countries affected by natural disasters, particularly floods. Users of this brief are advised to carefully review these lessons in the context of the conditions of their current emergency and rehabilitation operations.
Human rights organisations are calling on Australia to take a leading role in the protection of people forced to leave their homeland because of disasters and climate change.
Australia has joined a small group of countries which are developing a set of recommendations for nations to respond to the displacement of people because of environmental hazards.
The so-called Nansen Initiative could be used to help people living in the Pacific whose livelihoods are being threatened by rising sea levels.
David Crisante reports.
A major new report published by Atkins in partnership with UCL’s Development Planning Unit and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) assesses the environmental risks to 129 cities across the developing world and how they can act to future proof themselves. The central message of this report is that the earlier cities in developing countries take steps future proof their urban development, the better. More at www.futureproofingcities.com
On the Ailinglaplap atoll in the Marshall Islands, trees are falling into the lagoon, roads are washing out, and school buildings are increasingly threatened by rising seas.
Authorities say climate change is to blame.
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Indigenous land management practices have proven to be sustainable over many generations and could benefit governments around the world as they tackle the impact of climate change.
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