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U.S. Must Take Lead in Aiding Climate Migrants

By USCRI May 20, 2024

Two weeks after he took office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the U.S. government to study the relationship between climate and immigration.

Later in 2021, the White House produced a landmark report on climate change and migration — laying out how storms, wildfires, droughts and floods can force people to leave their homes.

But since this early momentum to study the issue, climate migration has largely been on the back burner.

As it completes its first term, the Biden administration must ramp up U.S. government efforts to prepare for climate-related migration and ensure such displacement occurs in a safe and orderly manner.

Climate change affects nearly all factors that determine where and how people live. Climate-driven events leave areas with too much or too little water. Extreme patterns of heat and precipitation can sharply curtail food production and availability. Sudden-onset events like hurricanes and storms can force people to leave their homes en masse. Lethal combinations of high heat and humidity may increasingly make some locations uninhabitable.

 

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