Stormy Weather: The Challenge of Climate Change and Displacement

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UNSW Press, 2008 - Science - 96 pages
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Climate change is predicted to dislocate millions of people in regions already vulnerable to economic, political and environmental disruption. Already some communities, notably Pacific Islanders, are under direct threat of displacement due to climate-related factors. Stormy Weather looks at the effects of climate change as experienced by the people of Tuvalu, a tiny, picturesque Pacific nation. It looks at how the international community should respond to climate-related migration in Asia, the Pacific and Africa, and argues that Australia—in a region in which 60 per cent of the world’s population lives and where the human implications of climate change will be played out—has a particular interest in ensuring that this new challenge is met.
  

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Contents

The great flood
7
Tuvalunacy or the real thing?
17
The rainbow covenant
37
A neighbourly response
56
Brave new world
74
Acknowledgments
88
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Robert Manne is professor of politics at La Trobe University, a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and chairman of the Monthly. He has published and edited numerous books, including Whitewash: Keith Windschuttle and the Fabrication of Aboriginal History, The Howard Years, Left, Right, Left: Political Essays 1977-2005 and Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a Better Australia. He is the author of two Quarterly Essays, In Denial: The Stolen Generations and the Right and Sending Them Home: Refugees and the New Politics of Indifference. His writing has won various awards, including the Washington National Intelligence Center prize, the Alfred Deakin prize and the Queensland premier's prize for advancing public debate. In 2005 he was voted Australia's leading public intellectual in a survey conducted by the Sydney Morning Herald.