Archive for Climate Change

Climate Change Displacement and Forced Migration: An International Crisis

 Julia Toscano* View PDF In late summer and early fall of 2015, news of the plight of thousands of mid-Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe filled the mainstream media.  The world watched in horror as these media outlets made daily reports on the suffering of migrants, from stories of people suffocating in the back of smugglers’ […]

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility: Parametric Insurance Payouts Without Proper Parameters

By Lauren Brooks – In this day and age, it is hard to credibly deny the reality of climate change. After all, experts overwhelmingly agree that “[w]arming of the climate system is unequivocal [, as evidenced by] increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”[1] They have noted discouraging trends in instances of extreme weather, including “more intense and longer droughts,” heightened “frequency of heavy precipitation events . . . over most land areas,” and “an increase in intense tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic.”[2] They predict, with a high degree of confidence, that these trends will only amplify in the future.[3] Quite bleakly, they inform that even were it possible for humankind to cease current practices that exacerbate climate change, its past activities “will continue to contribute to warming and sea level rise for more than a millennium, due to the time scales required for removal of [carbon dioxide] from the atmosphere.”[4]

Alaska Tribes’ Melting Subsistence Rights

By Elizabeth Barrett Ristroph* Introduction[1] Subsistence foods are distinct from those that line grocery stores’ shelves throughout the United States. Mother Nature offers no guarantee that a particular kind of food will be available on demand. The Food and Drug Administration does not provide quality assurance.[2] To procure, protect, and store subsistence foods throughout the […]