Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health: The Next Wave of Migration

Network co-lead for Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment, Lawrence A. Palinkas, has authored Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health: The Next Wave of Migration.

“This timely text examines the causes and consequences of population displacement related to climate change in the recent past, the present, and the near future. First and foremost, this book includes an examination of patterns of population displacement that have occurred or are currently underway. Second, the book introduces a three-tier framework for both understanding and responding to the public health impacts of climate-related population displacement. It illustrates the interrelations between impacts on the larger physical and social environment that precipitates and results from population displacement and the social and health impacts of climate-related migration. Third, the book contains first-hand accounts of climate-related population displacement and its consequences, in addition to reviews of demographic data and reviews of existing literature on the subject.

Topics explored among the chapters include:

  • Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
  • Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico
  • The California Wildfires
  • Fleeing Drought: The Great Migration to Europe
  • Fleeing Flooding: Asia and the Pacific
  • Fleeing Coastal Erosion: Kivalina and Isle de Jean Charles

Although the book is largely written from the perspective of a researcher, it reflects the perspectives of practitioners and policymakers on the need for developing policies, programs, and interventions to address the growing numbers of individuals, families, and communities that have been displaced as a result of short- and long-term environmental disasters. Global Climate Change, Population Displacement, and Public Health is a vital resource for an international audience of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers representing a variety of disciplines, including public health, public policy, social work, urban development, climate and environmental science, engineering, and medicine.”

You can purchase the book here.

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