Climate Migrants

On the Move in a Warming World

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Around the world, from US coastal towns to island nations of the Pacific and the deserts of Africa, people are in danger of losing their homes. Some have already fled. Others know they are running out of time. By 2050, at least 25 million people will be driven from their homes due to the effects of climate change.

Droughts, desertification, rising sea levels, melting permafrost, and severe storms are drastically redefining the planet’s landscape and leaving many places unable to support human populations. Although developing nations are especially vulnerable to the impacts of extreme climate shifts, ultimately, people in wealthy countries will also be forced to migrate. Experts expect Americans to move from drought-ravaged California, sea-swept Florida, and numerous other vulnerable areas to crowd into the few remaining safe havens.

Humans cannot stop climate change altogether. Yet leaders can minimize the damage by curbing carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change and by adapting communities to better withstand climate-related stresses. Even so, for many people, relocation is already a reality. How they adjust to their new homes—and how their new communities adjust to them—will set the stage for a future defined by a warming planet.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN051090, YAN050080, YAN050090
Dewey 304.8
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1230
ATOS Reading Level 8.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183335
Accelerated Reader® Points 3.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch is an award- winning children's author with a PhD in plant biology. Her picture books include Plants Can't Sit Still and Night Creatures: Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at

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