A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, beyond coastal areas at risk of flooding, as affected people move inland. Popular relocation choices will include land-locked cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas. The model also predicts suburban and rural areas in the Midwest will experience disproportionately large influx of people relative to their smaller local populations.
This is a useful but equivocal discussion of migration. I tend to agree on the issue of open borders, but are confronted with a future in which whole sectors of planetary geography will no longer sustain their own populations. That means that billions will enter the migration/desperation zone. And the refuge zones, e.g. France may themselves start to desertify.
We may be reaching an insoluble endgame’ for armed elites, with arctic refugee crocodiles for company.
I generally believe that Sanders is the best we can presently hope for within the rigid, narrow confines of the American electoral system. But on this question, he must be pressured to change. If climate change is the defining issue of our time, as I firmly believe it to be, then its closest human corollary is the free movement of people in the world. Continue reading ” Refugee crocodiles in the arctic?”