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Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security

By Todd Miller

City Lights Books

Journalist Todd Miller (Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security) makes the connection between climate change and border security around the world in Storming the Wall. Miller notes that natural disasters and new weather patterns are already driving "climate refugees" from their longtime homelands, with more trouble in the forecast. As he told the Weekly earlier this year: "The most common projection is that 250 million people will be on the move by 2050 because of climate change. People most likely to be on the move are people in vulnerable situations, living in poverty. What's predicted is more extreme weather, hurricanes, super hurricanes." It's a grim prediction, but he added a note of hope in his interview with TW's Margaret Regan: "The future is unwritten right now. It's not inevitable. There are things we still can do, serious mitigation efforts on greenhouse gas. We can continue with a militarized enforcement solution for people migrating—or we can we rethink what we're doing."


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