Two Australian scientists warn that Australia will have to take climate refugees!
Yep, you guessed it. They made this warning in… 1988.
Quiddington, P. (1988) SCIENTISTS WARN OF ISLANDS’ PERIL Sydney Morning Herald 23rd August
Australia may need to take in a wave of environmental refugees from coral atolls in the Pacific and Indian oceans, according to two scientists.
The islands’ inhabitants face being displaced by a likely rise in sea level due to the greenhouse effect, they say.
The prospect was raised yesterday at the 26th Congress of International Geographical Union in Sydney by Dr Peter Roy, of the NSW Department of Mineral Resources, and Dr John Connell, of the University of Sydney.
Up to about 500,000 people living on small coral islands in the two oceans could be displaced if the predictions of a one-metre rise in sea level over the next 50 years prove correct.
Dr Connell said that half of those people may need to seek refuge in Australia as there were few other immigration outlets.
These included the entire populations of Kiribati and Tuvalu, in the Pacific, with a population of about 70,000, and perhaps the Maldives in the Indian Ocean – a string of hundreds of tiny islands with a total population of about 200,000.