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Climate Migration Stalls for Years Without Federal Lead: Watchdog

Aug. 5, 2020, 7:42 PM

The federal government isn’t set up to help communities move from one place to another in response to climate change threats, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Wednesday.

No federal agency has the authority to take the lead in helping communities with climate migration, so the federal support for those efforts has been provided on an ad hoc basis, the GAO said.

The problem is also bound to get worse in coming decades as climate change imposes ever-harsher burdens, meaning “many other communities will need to consider migrating,” the GAO said.

Because federal leadership on climate relocation is...

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