The subject of millions of poor people driven out of their countries or their homes by the consequences of climate change (mostly rising sea level) is one of the great recurrent scares; suggesting that these millions of people will submerge wealthier countries makes for much goose pimples and hair rising in the audience. That these scenarios are (and have been) absolutely overblown results from a new study that says that much fewer (than projected) refugees will leave their country (strange to still call people NOT leaving their country “refugees”!):
“In general, countries expect to manage environmental migration internally, with the exception of small island states that in some cases have already led to islands disappearing under water, forcing international migration” says this report.
I have strong doubts on the reality of these islands which supposedly have disappeared due to climate change, and would have liked some concrete verifiable examples. During these COP15 days everybody screams about rising sea-levels, whereas the data of the University of Colorado in Boulder clearly show a slowing rise (that is the rate of change is lower since about 2002).