No matter of choice: displacement in a changing climate

This report introduces an analytical framework to better understand the drivers, triggers and impacts of internal displacement in the context of climate change. The slow onset effects of climate change, such as desertification, glacial retreat, increasing temperatures, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, salinization and sea level rise are increasing. Under certain circumstances, these effects can lead to displacement, but the scale of this phenomenon is unknown. Internal displacement in the context of climate change is particularly challenging to identify and monitor. But evidence is beginning to emerge from an increasing number of cases around the world that both confirm that displacement is rising and that point to ways to address it.

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