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Climate migration: Could Pittsburgh be a haven for residents leaving other regions?

Climate migration: Could Pittsburgh be a haven for residents leaving other regions?
September 23, 2019 PublicSource

By Juliette Rihl, PublicSource, through the Institute for Nonprofit News network

After Hurricane Maria, hundreds of thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans sought refuge in the continental United States.

Every year, more than 400,000 people in Bangladesh are forced to move permanently because of coastal flooding.

In Louisiana, the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe is being resettled inland as the island they call home slowly sinks underwater.

Across the globe, extreme weather conditions fueled by climate change are forcing people to leave their homes.

Climate migration is likely to intensify. By 2050, some scientists anticipate between 25 and 200 million climate migrants globally.

Rust Belt cities, like Buffalo, Duluth and Cincinnati, are capitalizing on the moment to market themselves as a place for climate migrants to land. Pittsburgh, though, appears to be less aggressive to adopt it as a marketing strategy for the city.

Read the rest of the story here at PublicSource.

This article is republished here through Great Lakes Now’s membership in the Institute for Nonprofit News, a network of more than 200 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S., working to strengthen the sources of trusted news for thousands of diverse communities.

Featured Image: Downtown Pittsburgh as seen from the West End Overlook. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

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