Center for American Progress: Debate over comprehensive immigration reform may have stalled last week in the Senate, but there’s one key concern that's just warming up: the exacerbating effect that droughts, severe weather, food shortages, disease, and sea level rises will have on migration.
Worldwide environmental, economic, and social consequences from existing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, even if we were to cease emissions today, will drive migration around the globe. Attention to the migration pressures resulting from global warming should therefore be an essential aspect of a long-term
According to the International Federation of Red Cross, climate change disasters are already a bigger cause of population displacement than war and persecution. Estimates of climate refugees currently range from 25 to 50 million. And this April, global scientific experts and former U.S. military leaders warned in two reports—the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment and the CNA Corporation's “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change”—that the effects of global warming are likely to trigger conflict and mass migrations of affected people.
Large numbers of immigrants to the