Central America & the Caribbean

June 13, 2011 to June 14, 2011

Responding to Climate Change in the Caribbean

This policy-focused conference aims to bring together researchers, officials and representatives of the private sector and NGOs to find effective, forward-looking responses to climate change in the Caribbean.

May 23, 2011 to May 25, 2011

Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate

Some time this century the Republic of the Marshall Islands is likely to be completely submerged. They asked Columbia Law School to look at the legal issues this raises. If a country is under water, is it still a state? Does it still have a seat at the UN? What happens to its fishing rights and mineral rights? What is the citizenship of its displaced people? Does it have legal recourse? The result is this international conference of legal scholars on legal issues faced by island nations threatened by sea level rise.

"Confusion, Fear as Haiti Camps Evacuate for Storm"

"For nearly 10 months, more than 1 million people in Haiti's earthquake camps have been walking a precarious line: Trying to get out and find good homes without losing their tents and the possessions they still have. Now a potential hurricane threatens to upend that careful balance. The Haitian government has called for the voluntary evacuation of all the quake zone's camps ahead of Friday's expected arrival of Tropical Storm Tomas, telling residents to find somewhere else to go."

Source: AP, 11/04/2010

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