This month’s climate talks in Paris have focused attention on island nations on the front lines of climate change: If sea-level rise wipes entire island nations off the map, what will that mean for the hundreds of thousands of people who live there?
As Conservation International (CI) Climate Policy Director Shyla Raghav recently explained to VICE News, “There’s going to be a tremendous amount of displacement — potentially migration or climate refugees that might have to be resolved or recognized at the international level.”
Raghav is currently representing CI at the U.N. climate talks in Paris (read her useful summary of what you need to know about the negotiations here). She is also serving on the national delegation of the Maldives, one of the low-lying nations most under threat from climate change. In this interview (above), Raghav describes how climate change will affect people, coastlines and even the world’s tuna populations.
Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Conservation News.