"A threat looms on the sun-splashed horizon of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The specter of climate change wraps its fingers around the islands, raising sea levels, salinizing soils, and sapping freshwater resources". Author, Mickael De Souza was a research intern with the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi. Thank you to the NGOs that contributed their time and energy to the study, including Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi and We Are Oceania.
Reported and written by Dale Carpenter, the comic-style illustrated article tell the story of climate change and migration in the Marshall Islands and destination states, Arkansas. Featuring research team member Mark Stege, "individuals, communities and businesses responding to the changes that are already happening in America, and how they’re preparing for the changes that have yet to occur. "
"Small island states face increasing threats from climate change – from rising sea levels to the loss of coral reefs. University of Hawaii law professor Maxine Burkett discusses legal strategies that could help them secure compensation for those impacts."
"Five speakers came from a wide range of institutions, including Kees van der Geest from the University of Hawaii [USA], Vanessa Lueck of the Arizona State University [USA], Patrick Sakdapolrak from the University of Vienna [Austria], Cosmin Corendea from UNU-EHS [Germany], and Mariam Traoré Chazalnoel from IOM [Switzerland] [...] brought together insights from research and policy in order to advance the migration-as-adaptation debate."
"The frontlines of climate change are the world’s shorelines. “It goes without saying that people living in coastal communities are already observing impacts,” said Erin Derrington, a coastal resources specialist working in the Northern Mariana Islands, at a recent Wilson Center event, the third in a series on coastal resilience presented in collaboration with the Hoover Institute and the Stanford Woods Institute on the Environment. “Although that is a challenge, it is also an opportunity and a driver for change and innovation,” said Derrington."