Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century
Published by: Indiana University Press
Global climate change is undeniable. Over the next few decades, as sea levels rise, storms intensify, and drought and desertification run rampant, hundreds of millions of civilians will abandon their homes, cities, and even entire countries. What will happen to these massive numbers of environmental refugees? Where will they go, what rights will they have, and who will take care of them?
Over 200 million people in Asian countries live on land that will be affected by rising seas. Picture Pakistan, India, and China—all nuclear powers—skirmishing at their borders over access to shared rivers and farmable land with former coastal areas now submerged. Imagine tens of thousands of Pacific and Indian Ocean islanders cast adrift by waves that have drowned their nations, and more than 100,000 Caribbean islanders forced to leave submerged towns. Consider the complete abandonment of Miami Beach and other coastal communities up and down the Americas. At the same time, hundreds of millions will be desperate for water and a secure life in drought-ravaged Africa and the Middle East.
Rising Tides sounds an urgent wakeup call to the growing crisis of climate refugees, and offers an essential, continent-by-continent look at these dangers. The crisis is everywhere and it is imminent. Detailing a number of solutions, John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins argue that no nation can tackle this universal problem alone. The crisis of climate refugees requires global, concerted solutions beyond the strategic, fiscal, and legal capability of a single country or agency.
Climate Refugees in the 21st Century
Introduction – Rising Tide: Climate Refugees in the 21st Century
Chapter 1: Seeking Shelter From the Storm
Chapter 2: Refugeedom
Pressure Points and Regional Analysis
Chapter 3: What Happens When Your Country Drowns?
Chapter 4: The Crisis Hits Home: Climate Refugees In The United States
Chapter 5: Latin America: Land Of Rain, Land Of Thirst
Chapter 6: Africa: Environmental Conflicts In A War-Torn Land
Chapter 7: Middle East: The Boiling Point Of Climate Change And National Security
Chapter 8: Asia: The Looming Crisis
Policy Implications and Conclusions
Chapter 9: Current Affairs and Climate Refugees
Chapter 10: The Shape Of Things To Come
A must read for policymakers and those in positions of power, especially the ones who remain in a state of denial about climate change and refuse to do enough to address the crisis.~The Hindu
"In Rising Tides, the authors sound the alarm, not only on behalf of millions of displaced souls, but also because, as they note, 'Every one of us is or could be a migrant.'" -~Hill Rag Magazine
This chilling and urgent call to action spares no detail in its mission to present the facts on a looming humanitarian disaster. Climate-change warning messages too often focus on the environment without going into specifics of how humans will be hurt by global warming. Rising Tides singlehandedly rectifies this issue. . . . Thanks to an equal reliance on current events and models, as well as the authors' thorough understanding of geopolitics, the case is beyond convincing.~Foreword Reviews
A must read for anyone who cares about the present and the future of civilization, and not just in the abstract.~Eugene L. Meyer, journalist
A passionately argued, well-documented wake-up call on the dire, current and undeniable human fallout from climate change. Looking behind the headlines, it connects the dots in a way that will inform and should alarm us all.~Eugene L. Meyer
Rising Tides deals masterfully with a neglected crisis, how climate change is driving migration. The discussion of the interrelationship between conflict-driven migration and climate-driven migration is fascinating. The crisis is upon us: Many of the Mediterranean displaced people are climate refugees, not conflict refugees. Some are both. The work is easily grasped by the general reader, and its source material is a gold mine for interested experts. Wennersten and Robbins don't shy away from grim conclusions: The climate refugees aren't going home, and the global community needs to accommodate them. The work broaches solutions both practical, like reforestation, and political, like the need for a new international charter for handling non-conflict refugees.~Christopher E. Goldthwait, US Ambassador retired