Human migration from climate change:
any parallels to animal migration?

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 10.12.33 AMI’ve long written that pulling up stakes and moving to a more climate-proof hometown will be the most effective way to protect against the growing costs from warming. Drastic, yes, but for many families, migration will be necessary to avoid physical damage from flooding and drought, as well as financial threats to property values, local taxes, and health, plus general economic decline.

We’re not the only ones. Predicted patterns of migration for birds, mammals and amphibians over the coming decades have now been plotted by experts at the Nature Conservancy and the University of Washington based on the pressures from warming on animal habitats.

Will the changing location of human habitat parallel the changes to our fellow North American inhabitants?