Urbanization, Migration, and Adaptation to Climate Change

W. Neil Adger*, Anne Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke, Daniel Ospina, F. Stuart Chapin, Kathleen Segerson, Karen C. Seto, John M. Anderies, Scott Barrett, Elena M. Bennett, Gretchen Daily, Thomas Elmqvist, Joern Fischer, Nils Kautsky, Simon A. Levin, Jason F. Shogren, Jeroen van den Bergh, Brian Walker, James Wilen

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Climate change is reshaping the comparative advantage of regions and hence driving migration flows, principally toward urban areas. Migration has multiple benefits and costs in both origin and destination regions. Coordinated policies that recognize how and why people move can reduce future costs and facilitate adaptation to climate change both within borders and internationally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-399
Number of pages4
JournalOne Earth
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Collaboration was supported by the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. W.N.A. acknowledges funding from the Belmont Forum Transformations to Sustainability programme (UK ESRC grant ES/S007687/1) and UK Economic and Social Research Council (grant ES/R002371/1 ), as well as the International Development Research Center in Ottowa (grant 109223-002 ). We thank Beatrice Crona, Paul Ehrlich, and Karine Nyborg for insightful comments and discussions. This version remains our sole responsibility.

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