Global human impact on the environment is creating a new kind of casualty - the environmental refugee. Floods, storms, drought and other "man-made" disasters are already a bigger cause of population displacement than war and persecution.
September 29, 2003 // Written by:
This pocketbook argues that international law should recognise the concept of "environmental persecution" - action by states that lead to the oppression of individuals - and grant refugee status to people driven from the homes by a lost or ruined environment. Without international recognition, the environmental refugee crisis could turn into a major source of global instability.
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