Jon Barnett on Climate Change, Small Island States, and MigrationSeptember 30, 2010 By ECSP StaffContrary to the iconic image of lapping waves submerging low-lying countries, few Pacific islanders are emigrating from their homes due to climate change, according to Australian geographer Jon Barnett of the University of Melbourne. In this short interview with ECSP’s Geoff Dabelko, Barnett emphasizes that climate change is more likely to push islanders to move due to declining food production and/or drinking water availability rather than sea-level rise. These sober reminders on the complexity of climate-migration links are worth keeping in mind when evaluating the plethora of new reports on the topic.
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