The Climate Change Trap

A release valve for local tensions. A chance to adapt to the changing climate. In a future with higher temperatures and dwindling natural resources, migration arises as an opportunity for many people to find more hospitable places to live in. However, this is not an equal opportunity for all, migrating is expensive and particularly the most vulnerable and poor might find themselves unable to move, caught in a trap that climate change can worsen by entrenching inequalities and poverty.

Cristina Cattaneo is head of the Climate Migration Unit at the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (EIEE).
Strategic entry points for action along the life cycle of climate-related mobility. Source: The World Bank, “Groundswell, Preparing for internal climate migration”, 2018, p. 187.

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