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Molly Conisbee (not verified) April 16, 2013

A very interesting post by Mr Demetriu; this is indeed an issue that will increase in visibility, particularly as man-made climate change begins to really impact on island and coastal dwellers (Tuvalu for example). Although some commentators object to the idea of environmental 'refugees' as they think it essentialises the individuals involved, we also have to look at the plight of communities who are the victims of active (government) environmental degradation - displaced by dam building or other projects, for example. So a live debate and a timely contribution to it!

Petru Dumitriu April 24, 2013

Thank you, Molly, for your comments. As you mentioned Tuvalu, I note that the climate change issue has a specific weight for some small island countries. The issue is for them not just an international affairs issue, or a diplomatic or a political problem, among others. It is a matter of survival. These countries might not have time for long campaigns and wait for decades until treaties and protocols are concluded, when the scientific community finds consensus.

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