I’ve been thinking about climate refugees for awhile, partly inspired by all those pictures of Dust Bowl refugees from the 1930s. Floods and famines have forced people to leave their homes for greener pastures throughout recorded history, and presumably before that.
But nowadays we’ve got a new kind of climate refugee: Rising sea levels are driving people from their homes in many corners of the planet. A case in point is the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea, a low lying coral atoll, home to 2500 people.
Cross-posted from DK GreenRoots/Eco-Week at Daily Kos.