Sunday, December 20, 2015

Climate Swells Tide of Migrants

Refugees wait to be registered at a camp in Kenya after fleeing a food crisis in Somalia. (Image Credit: Andy Hall/Oxfam East Africa via Wikimedia Commons) Click to Enlarge.
Thousands of people – old, young and babies – struggle to reach the coasts of Europe, many dying en route.

In south-east Asia, dozens of Rohingya refugees from Burma suffocate on packed boats, locked by people traffickers below deck while trying to escape their homeland.

Children from Central America die of thirst in the desert, trying to cross into the US.

Some of these refugees are escaping persecution or warfare back home.  Others are fleeing from gang violence, or simply searching for a better life.  And some have seen their lands degraded by climate change and their livelihoods threatened by floods or drought.

A new report produced by the UK-based Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), and partly authored by journalists from the Climate News Network, concludes that much needs to be improved in the way the world’s media reports on migration issues.

Moving Stories
The report, “Moving Stories”, reviews media coverage of migration in the European Union and in 14 countries across the globe. It is published to coincide with Friday’s UN International Migrants Day.
Crucial role
More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the numbers are rising by the day. Cities, and how they are managed, will play a crucial role in how people adapt to climate change.

Read more at Climate Swells Tide of Migrants

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