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The Debate: Can the world community deal with the new wave of environmental refugees?

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It Is Time to Help the World's Most Vulnerable People

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A Toolbox for Environmentally Displaced Persons

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Climate Migrants Are Refugees — Not Commodities

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Sadly, the Paris Agreement Isn’t Nearly Enough

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A New World War Upon Us That U.S. Cannot Win Alone

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What Do The Climate Displaced Really Need?

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Vanessa Haley-Benjamin - College of The Bahamas, Carl Bruch - Environmental Law Institute, François Gemenne - University of Liège, Michael B. Gerrard - Columbia Law School, W. Chris King - Retired, Army Brigadier General, Benjamin Schachter - UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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HEADNOTE ❧ Europe is tense with the outflow of migrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries, torn by civil war and drought. They are not the only persons who can be referred to as environmental refugees. Scientists expect the frequency and extent of environmental displacement to increase as the effects of climate change become more intense. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that climate change will displace up to 250 million people over the next 35 years, many permanently. What policies, legal regimes, and institutions do we need to create or improve to help environmental refugees find new lives for themselves and their families?

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