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Government Report Recommends Addressing Migration Caused By Climate Change

The report cites Central America as one of the regions where climate change could lead to increased international migration.

 
Climate change can impact production of plants, vegetables and other local goods, especially in Central America and other vulnerable regions.

A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report shows how moves by the Trump administration are limiting the country’s ability to address migration related to climate change.

Trump has rescinded Obama-era initiatives that encouraged the State Department, Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to consider and address how climate change impacts migration.

In certain cases, USAID helped countries impacted by drought, sea level rise and deforestation.

The new report, which was requested by Congress, makes an official recommendation that the State Department should return to addressing those issues.

“Absent guidance on incorporating climate change, they’re likely to miss opportunities to assess risk and take action,” said David Gootnick, director of the International Affairs and Trade Division of the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Gootnick said among the executive actions reversed by the Trump administration was the Global Climate Change Initiative.  

“This was a multilateral and bilateral effort that provided resources towards country’s adaptation, resilience and response to climate change,” Gootnick said. 

The report also showed Central America as one of the regions vulnerable to climate change-related migration.

Scientists predict the climate there will become warmer and dryer, which could increase poverty and migration to the United States.

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