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Warming world promises more refugees

Climate change, along with other threats, will cause massive disruptions, and nations must develop policies to manage waves of dislocated people.

The academic community overwhelmingly recognises the threat of global warming, but few venture to address the consequences on refugee policy if hundreds of millions of people are dislocated by flooding, starvation and chaos. Melting glaciers in the Himalayas threaten the food supply of as many as two billion people.


THERE is an ancient, perhaps apocryphal, story in the Christian tradition of Martin of Tours, who was riding outside an unnamed city gate on a cold and windy night in the third century when he came across a cold and starving beggar. In a gesture of compassion that would win him...