Overlooked and Misunderstood: Stories About Climate, Conflict, and Migration

By Bethany N. Bella Barbuda—an island once full of people—has been rendered completely uninhabitable by Hurricane Irma. Every single resident was evacuated from the island, and some are not planning to return. Climate-induced migration and displacement is not usually this dramatic, but it is not uncommon: Since 2008, UNHCR estimates that an average 21.5 million people each year have been…

A Survey of the ‘War on Wildlife’: How Conflict Affects Conservation

By Bethany N. Bella Over the last 60 years, more than two-thirds of the world’s remaining biodiversity hotspots have experienced armed conflict. The effects have been myriad, from destruction as a result of military tactics to indirect socioeconomic and political changes, like human migration and displacement. This so-called “war on wildlife” has important implications for…

Can We Save the World’s Remaining Forests? A Look at ‘Why REDD Will Fail’

By Bethany N. Bella As climate change threatens the stability of ecosystems around the world, the preservation of forests is seen as a “win-win” solution to curbing planet-warming emissions while producing value for developing country economies. But all is not as it seems with the world’s largest forest preservation effort, the United Nations-led Reducing Emissions…