Climate Refugees Could Catch World's Courts Off Guard
By Sean McLernon
Law360, New York (December 13, 2013, 7:47 PM ET) -- A Kiribatian man couldn't convince a New Zealand court last month to make him the world's first climate change refugee, but he won't be the last to try. Experts say the U.S. and other countries need to prepare for a flood of displaced people seeking asylum because of global warming.
Rising sea levels and more frequent powerful storms will lead to more claims like those asserted by Ioane Teitiota, who argued that he shouldn't be kicked out of New Zealand after his visa expired because climate...