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It’s time to acknowledge the link between climate change and migration

New findings show that global migration patterns are increasingly being driven by climate change, posing challenges for policy makers

By Dennis Wesselbaum  

Reefugees at Dadaab camp in Kenya. Fatuma Ali (right) fled Kenya to escape a famine caused by the three year lasting draught. Photo: PA

According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service, last year was the second hottest year on record.

Every region of the world experienced weather-related disasters: there were storms in Europe and North America, floods in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, droughts at the Horn of Africa and Brazil, and heat waves in India and Australia.

There is extensive research presenting overwhelming evidence that climate change alters weather…

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