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Climate Change Set to Cause Migrant Surge

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The devastating effects of climate change and conflicts fought over ever-scarcer resources such as water could cause a surge in migration that experts fear the world is totally unprepared for.


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Jane H (139)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 9:29 am
So, now we've been forewarned. Unfortuneately it's maybe like a trre that falls in the forest and no one hears it.

Donn M (56)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 5:01 pm

Bruce C D (89)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 6:43 pm
What's interesting is that this report is from an industrial risk assessment firm, lending credence and makinig it unlikely to be accused of bias. What's really disturbing is that instead of the U.S. taking the lead and responsibility, we are dragging our feet and still debating the merits of what is now well accepted in the scientific community. Out of the new batch of Republican Senators, only one believes in AGW! Don't expect any major meaningful legislation combating global warming to get passed this session.

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Thursday November 18, 2010, 5:19 am

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Thursday November 18, 2010, 5:28 am
On the article: sorry, but... has everyone only just realised this? it's news?
We have known this for decades, why are we suddenly so surprised? the first documentary I ever saw about the Greenhouse Effect was in 1983, "Horizon" showed a very serious piece entitled "The State of the Planet" to coincide with the United Nations Environmental Programme Conference of the same title.
As nearly as then experts warned that, as climate began to change, environmental factors would force migrations of Biblical proportions towards the temperate zones.

That was when I became an environmentalist and ever since we have been coming up against NIMBYism, apathy, scorn, ignorance and greed.
these are the blinkers of humanity, that blind it to its inevitable doom: droughts, desertification, soil erosion, migrations, global resource wars and destruction.

And it could all be avoided if we act.. but people wuld rather get their iPods, Gucci and Nike rubbish, drive their cars and demand ever more roads, instead of sustainable solutions.

Carol H (229)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 8:01 am
thanks Cal, noted

pam w (139)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 10:18 am
Human overpopulation is the root cause of every problem on the planet. Stop having multiple babies and their might be more room. Government-mandated sterilization WILL be a reality in the next century...

Bruce C D (89)
Thursday November 18, 2010, 6:40 pm
@Pam W.--

You might like to know that current demographic trends have us headed towards a population crash. The main reason: more women having access to reproductive choice and exercising that choice. For example, both China and Iran have birth rates well below replacement level.

You might also like to know that every doomsday population forecast over the past couple hundred years has proven a bust. Many believe Charles Dickens' Scrooge was based on the original population alarmist, Thomas Malthus, whose theories and thought gave rise to incompassionate policies and extreme prejudicial views. There is even a word coined for him, "Malthusian." Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a outspoken eugenicist and racist, as was other leading early figures in that organization. Here are some of her quotes and Malthusian views:

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
"...human weeds,' 'reckless breeders,' 'spawning... human beings who never should have been born." Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people
On sterilization & racial purification:
Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the right of married couples to bear children:
Couples should be required to submit applications to have a child, she wrote in her "Plan for Peace." Birth Control Review, April 1932

On the purpose of birth control:
The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

On the rights of the handicapped and mentally ill, and racial minorities:
"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12

Sanger espoused the thinking of eugenicists -- similar to Darwin's "survival of the fittest" -- but related the concept to human society, saying the genetic makeup of the poor, and minorities, for example, was inferior. Pivot of Civilization, by Margaret Sanger, 1922, p. 80

On the extermination of blacks:
"We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population," she said, "if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members." Woman's Body, Woman's Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

On respecting the rights of the mentally ill:
In her "Plan for Peace," Sanger outlined her strategy for eradication of those she deemed "feebleminded." Among the steps included in her evil scheme were immigration restrictions; compulsory sterilization; segregation to a lifetime of farm work; etc. Birth Control Review, April 1932, p. 107

Human overpopulation is not the root cause of all our problems, but I would agree unchecked population growth in some regions can and does contribute to environmental degradation. And I would agree that an overall target population of 4-5 billion worldwide is probably more sustainable. But I am very much opposed to non-voluntary or discriminatory methods of achieving such a goal.
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