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Island nations are on the frontlines of adapting to changes resulting from climate change even though they barely contribute to the warming of the planet. And while the world has been focused on migration issues related to the conflict in Syria, climate change disruptions are a growing source of the movement of people that often flies under the radar. Maxine Burkett, an expert in climate change policy and the law, explains the evolving situation in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


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