The immigration crisis and climate change – a warming world creates desperate people

by Lauren Markham, NY Times

Last year I traveled to southern Guatemala, the source of one of the largest migrations of unauthorized immigrants to the United States in recent years. It’s clear why people are leaving: Guatemala is a country rife with political conflict, endemic racism against indigenous people, poverty and, increasingly, gang violence.

But there’s another, lesser-known dimension to this migration. Drought and rising temperatures in Guatemala are making it harder for people to make a living or even survive, thus compounding the already tenuous political situation for the 16.6 million people who live there.

read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/opinion/sunday/immigration-climate-change-trump.html

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