America’s great climate exodus is starting in the Florida Keys

Research compiled one year ago by Customs and Border Protection pointed to an overwhelming factor driving record-setting migration to the U.S. from Guatemala: Crop shortages were leaving rural Guatemalans, especially in the country’s western highlands, in extreme poverty and starving. Scientists have said the increase in poverty and food insecurity driving migration are due to multiple factors, one of which is climate change.

It’s not just places like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, it’s happening right here at home.

The Great Climate Retreat is beginning with tiny steps, like taxpayer buyouts for homeowners in flood-prone areas from Staten Island, New York, to Houston and New Orleans — and now Marathon Key. Florida, the state with the most people and real estate at risk, is just starting to buy homes, wrecked or not, and bulldoze them to clear a path for swelling seas before whole neighborhoods get wiped off the map.

LINK (via: Bloomberg)

 

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