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First Nations Say They’re Not Wildfire Evacuees, But Climate Refugees

Indigenous peoples are disproportionately affected by wildfire evacuations and thousands of these evacuees have been displaced for the long term, like Michell and his family. Indigenous peoples make up five per cent of Canada’s population but experience 42 per cent of wildfire evacuation events, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. This year, 25,000 people from 79 First Nations have had to leave home because of wildfires, Indigenous Services Canada told The Breach by email. In the past decade, 70,824 First Nations people have been evacuated from their communities because of wildfires, the department’s data shows.

Where United States’ Climate Migrants Will Go As Sea Level Rises

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita swept through Louisiana in 2005, cities like Houston, Dallas, and Baton Rouge took in hundreds of thousands of displaced residents—many of whom eventually stayed in those cities a year later. Where evacuees have moved since hasn’t been closely tracked, but data from those initial relocations are helping researchers predict how sea level rise might drive migration patterns in the future. Climate experts expect some 13 million coastal residents in the U.S. to be displaced by the end of this century. A new PLOS One study gives some indication of where climate migrants might go. “A lot of cities not at risk of sea of level rise will experience the effect of it,” says Bistra Dilkina, a computer scientist at the University of Southern California, who led the study.

West Virginia Trees Speak Out, US Climate Refugees & Media Tricks You

On Peters Mountain in West Virginia, people are resisting in building. Entering the 5th week of a tree-sit, Appalachians Against Pipelines are engaging in direct action against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and for People and Planet. Two folks on the front lines join us to talk backstory, updates and inspiration. Headlines this week: A look at one of corporate media's favorite techniques. PLUS what you'll never hear covered on nightly news – i.e. Uncle Sam's very own climate refugees, how much of the planet's forests we have left & pipeline battles from the front lines.
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