Posted by: islandsfirst | September 30, 2008

Forced Migration Review

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review – the in-house publication of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University – is now freely available online. As the focus is on climate change and displacement, you’ll want to take a look.

Small islands are covered in a number of articles, including one about coral reef protection in Palau by Islands Firster Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus:

Coral reef ecosystems are home to an estimated one million species and are among the most productive ecosystems on the planet. They are critical for food supply; over a billion people rely on reef-related fisheries worldwide. In addition, reef-related diving and tourism provide billions of dollars of revenue each year. The impacts of climate change – increasing ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, storm severity and sea-level rise – threaten to destroy coral reef ecosystems. Unusual warming events have already caused massive coral bleaching throughout the world and the destruction of over one-third of the coral reef ecosystems of Palau, an island nation in the western Pacific.

Further offshore, thanks to Andy Revkin at Dot Earth for bringing attention to the latest Shifting Baselines video. You can take a quick look right here:

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Responses

  1. Good post. Some of the forced migration of climate refugees will be northward to Alaska and Russia and Canada, also south to Tasmania, NZ and Antarctica, in distant future. These climate refugees might have to take refuge in what i am now calling POLAR CITIES or LOVELOCK RETREATS as a nickname. See my blog here for images and also google the term POLAR CITIES to read more. All low-lying island nations will have to live in polar cities in future. Sadly.

    Danny in Taiwan, also island nation, that will be impacted by global warming, but not as bad as the low lying countries….


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