[Marxism] walls, drones, and border patrols in a world of climate refugees

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 9 09:39:54 MST 2017

> clip - Central America is, in fact, “ground zero” for climate change in
> the Americas, as University of Arizona hydrology and atmospheric sciences
> professor Chris Castro
> <http://has.arizona.edu/people/christopher-l-castro> told me. And on that
> isthmus, the scrambling of the seasons, an increasingly deadly combination
> of drenching hurricanes and parching droughts, will hit people already
> living in the most precarious economic and political situations. Across
> Honduras, for example, more than
> <http://www.elfaro.net/es/201507/internacionales/17241/Campesinos-hondure%C3%B1os-pasan-hambre-por-la-sequ%C3%ADa.htm?st-full_text=all&tpl=11> 76%
> of the population lives in conditions of acute poverty. The coming climate
> breakdowns will only worsen that or will, as Castro put it, be part of a
> global situation in which “the wet gets wetter, the dry gets drier, the
> rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Everything gets more extreme.”
> Now, homeland security regimes are increasingly unleashing their wrath on
> the world’s growing numbers of displaced people, sharpening the divide
> between the secure and the dispossessed
> <http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/S/bo22669058.html>.
> Whether in Mexico or on the Mediterranean Sea, as ever more human beings
> find themselves uprooted from their homes and desperate, such dynamics will
> only intensify in the decades to come. In the process, the geopolitics and
> potentially the very geography of the globe will be reshaped.  It’s not
> just Donald Trump.  Everywhere on Planet Earth, we seem to be entering the
> era of the wall.
> Though the numbers are often debated, the United Nations High Commission
> for Refugees suggests that climate breakdowns will displace
> <https://academicimpact.un.org/content/predicted-rising-tide-migration> 250
> million people by 2050. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
> suggests that those numbers could actually range from 150 million to a
> staggering 350 million by that year. In reporting on how climate change is
> already affecting Mexico City, Michael Kimmelman, the architecture critic
> of the *New York Times*, cited
> <https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/17/world/americas/mexico-city-sinking.html> a
> report suggesting that the number may be far higher than that, possibly
> reaching 700 million -- and that, by 2050, 10% percent of all Mexicans
> between 15 and 65 might be heading north, thanks to rising temperatures,
> droughts, and floods.
> Most climate-displaced people travelling internationally without
> authorization will sooner or later run up against those walls and the armed
> border guards meant to turn them back. And if the United States or the
> European Union is their destination, any possible doors such migrants might
> enter will be slammed shut by countries that, historically, are the world’s
> largest greenhouse gas polluters and so most implicated in climate change.
> full article-
> http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176360/tomgram%3A_todd_
> miller%2C_the_market_in_walls_is_growing_in_a_warming_world/#more

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