HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Ranks of 'environmental refugees' swell, calls grow for better definition, recognition, support

Amid predictions that by 2010 the world will need to cope with as many as 50 million people escaping the effects of creeping environmental deterioration, United Nations University experts say the international community urgently needs to define, recognize and extend support to this new category of 'refugee'.

In a statement to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction (October 12), UNU's Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn says such problems as sea level rise, expanding deserts and catastrophic weather-induced flooding have already contributed to large permanent migrations and could eventually displace hundreds of millions.

Unlike victims of political upheaval or violence, however, who have access through governments and international organizations to such assistance as financial grants, food, tools, shelter, schools and clinics, "environmental refugees" are not yet recognized in world conventions.

UNU says the number of people forced to move by environment-related conditions already approximates and may someday dwarf the number of officially-recognized "persons of concern," recently calculated at 19.2 million (footnote 1). Indeed, Red Cross research shows more people are now displaced by environmental disasters than war.

"There are well-founded fears that the number of people fleeing untenable environmental conditions may grow exponentially as the world experiences the effects of climate change and other phenomena," says UNU-EHS Director Janos Bogardi. "This new category of 'refugee' needs to find a place in international agreements. We need to better anticipate support requirements, similar to those of people fleeing other unviable situations."

Victims of sudden and highly-publicized catastrophes like the 2004 Asian tsunami or the recent US Gulf Coast hurricanes benefit from the mobilization of private and public sector generosity and humanitarian relief. Countless millions of others aro
'"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
United Nations University
11-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Young meerkats learn the emotion before the message in threat calls
2. Fisheries group calls for science-based approach to address climate impacts
3. Eavesdropping nuthatches distinguish danger threats in chickadee alarm calls
4. Male reindeer inflate a large air sac in the neck region to emit their hoarse rutting calls
5. Report calls for improved monoclonal antibodies against solid tumors
6. Empty nester parent birds use recruitment calls to extend offspring care
7. Mother deer cannot recognize the calls of their own offspring but sheep and reindeer can
8. In túngara frogs, female choice for complex calls led to evolution of unusual male vocal cord
9. CRed calls for radical rethink of UK energy policy
10. ESA calls for federal leadership to control invasive species
11. Center calls for stronger federal regulation of genetic testing

Post Your Comments:
(Date:8/11/2015)... GOTHENBURG, Sweden , August 11, 2015 ... sensor FPC1155. Already received as well as expected revenues in 2015 ... included in FPC,s communicated revenue guidance of approximately 2,200 MSEK for ... is a prominent smartphone manufacturer ... ZUK selected FPC1 155 ...
(Date:8/6/2015)... Germany , August 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) shows the world,s first ... based on Epson,s Moverio BT-200 see-through head mounted display ... new solution, unprecedented quality and efficiency is brought to ... displays. For the first time, professionals and researchers can ...
(Date:8/5/2015)... 5, 2015 The biosensors market is proving ... penetration into newer sectors, and development of devices resulting ... space has seen the entry of multiple participants each ... (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150805/255570 ) ... of the Global Biosensors Market ( http://www.frost.com/nee9 ), ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FPC's Touch Fingerprint Sensor FPC1155 in ZUK's Smartphone Z1 2SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 2SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 3Innovative Biosensors Incite Use in Non-Traditional Applications 2Innovative Biosensors Incite Use in Non-Traditional Applications 3Innovative Biosensors Incite Use in Non-Traditional Applications 4
(Date:9/2/2015)... , Sep. 02, 2015 ... ) has announced the addition of Jain ... Markets and Companies" to their offering. ... several technologies besides fluorescence in situ hybridization ... FISH. Molecular cytogenetics includes application of nanobiotechnology, ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... Sept. 2, 2015 Australian prostate cancer technology ... Australian science prize recognising ,outstanding, science that uses its ... globally launch a novel prostate cancer diagnostic test known ... level consortium taking out the peer-reviewed Australian Museum Eureka ... This prize is awarded for ground ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... , September 2, 2015 BiondVax ... of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), ... the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to launch ... the United States in the 2015-16 timeframe. ... vaccine candidate, Multimeric-001 (M-001), as a primer vaccine, which would ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... ... September 02, 2015 , ... Temarry Recycling's ... entire waste to energy process and continue to contribute to the sustainability of ... Temarry’s Waste to Energy process has been operating at their Mexico facility, Recicladora ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Cytogenetics Technologies Study 2015-2025 - Latest Markets and Companies Analysis 2Global Cytogenetics Technologies Study 2015-2025 - Latest Markets and Companies Analysis 3Prostate Cancer Company Minomic Wins Prestigious Eureka Science Prize 2Prostate Cancer Company Minomic Wins Prestigious Eureka Science Prize 3BiondVax Announces Intent to Launch a Phase 2 Trial in the United States in Collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health 2BiondVax Announces Intent to Launch a Phase 2 Trial in the United States in Collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health 3Temarry Recycling’s New $100,000 Waste to Energy Renovation 2
Cached News: