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Global sea level rise

Global sea level rise has been calculated at roughly 30cm per century. The two main contributors are thermal expansion, and the melting of glaciers and ice sheets – both of which are a consequence of the global climate crisis. Rates are expected to accelerate even further in the 21st century. Learn more about the devastating effects of this rise, and find studies, reports and organisations here

Global sea level rise

Who are climate refugees?

The number of people who are forced to leave their homes due to environmental changes has increased dramatically in the last few decades. These changes often impact food and water supply, the ability to source an income, and even safety. Global climate change has increased the occurrence of drought, flooding, extreme weather events, and desertification. Environmental degradation and climate change go hand in hand, and these are the people caught in the middle of policy, bureaucracy, and lack of legal protection.

Who are climate refugees?

Drought in western U.S.

Although the dry season is normal in the American West, the drought has become increasingly severe, reaching its worst point this year, causing many states to be under severe drought conditions. Now described as a megadrought, it is the consequence of climate change, which is causing temperatures to rise, leading to increased evaporation and less rainfall. The drought is so extreme that the water level of Lake Meads, the largest reservoir in the United States, has dropped to its lowest point since its creation in 1930. In addition, the continuing drought raises fears that it could lead to an intense wildfire season.

Drought in western U.S.

California wildfires

As over 3 million acres have burned, it is hard to ignore the largest ever recorded wildfire season in the U.S. West. Heatwaves and the ongoing pandemic have exacerbated the issue.  With the death count mounting, mass evacuations, and an unfathomable amount of property damage, will the authorities finally recognise the impacts of the global climate crisis?

California wildfires