July 14, 2016
In early 1999, less than three months after Hurricane Mitch had plowed through his fields, wiping out the corn, potatoes, and other crops he had planted, Israel Baíl headed for the United States to take his chances as an undocumented immigrant. Now back in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, he looks back on that decision as his only option at the time. “The hurricane destroyed my crops and I couldn’t pay my debts,” he explained.
Severe storms uproot not just trees and structures but people. As the effects of climate change intensify—producing not only stronger hurricanes, but also slower-motion disasters such as droughts and rising sea level—countries will increasingly need to consider the impacts on human migration, both across and within borders.
To some extent, climate-driven migration affects all countries, large...Read More
View All Blogs