A Tsunami of Climate Change Refugees heading to Aotearoa New Zealand

As Australia continues to burn millions of potential Climate Chance refugees cast their gaze across the Tasman Sea. The logical conclusion of people threatened with what could already be a never ending fire season is to seek refuge. One of the first places they will choose is Aotearoa New Zealand, for cultural, geographical and logistical reasons, not to mention it’s slightly lower latitudes and the mitigating, cooling effects of the island chain being surrounded by oceans that help reduce the apparent warming.
Dangerous’ weather conditions in southeast Australia prompt more evacuations.
“Fires in Australia have incinerated 15 million acres, claimed at least 25 human lives and killed upwards of a billion animals.”  One and a quarter billion infact.
Australia is quickly becoming uninhabitable with millions of acres burnt and effectively sterilised of any life.“Firenados” have been burning at incredible temperatures of 2000F or 1090 C.

“Climate-heating emissions from Australia’s devastating bushfires are now nearly on a par with those caused by fires in the Amazon rainforest last year, scientists have calculated.”

“Australia’s bushfires, from September to Jan. 6, emitted 370 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to the European Union’s ECMWF Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).” Carbon emissions from Australian blazes near Amazon fire levels

“The wildfires raging along Australia’s eastern coast have already pumped around 400 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, further fueling the climate change that’s already intensifying the nation’s fires.”
Very soon it will be impossible to obtain fire insurance in Australia. No insurance…. no mortgage. The aware will sell up early and ‘scarper’ as they say in Oz.
Every single one of the millions of trees that have immolated have released their stored carbon back into atmosphere in a vicious feedback loop. One of the reasons the trees have burnt is Australia is in the grip of the worst drought in 800 years
The sky rivers these forests formerly generated are gone and will not be returning. The worst drought in 800 years is about to get a lot worse. Mega droughts engulf countries written by Robert Hunziker a former guest on Nature Bats Last.

Until recently the majority of refugees moving to Aotearoa have been the wealthy, millionaires and billionaires who have constructed bug out bunkers. Very shortly that trickle will become a torrent and then a tsunami as the wealthy rats abandon their sinking, burning ship.
“Naturally” the poor and indigenous will be left to burn.
“Billionaire hedge-fund honcho Julian Robertson owns a lodge overlooking Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, the South Island’s luxury resort destination. Fidelity National Financial Inc. Chairman Bill Foley has a homestead in the Wairarapa region, north of Wellington, and Titanic director James Cameron bought a mansion nearby at Lake Pounui.”
“The Investor Plus Visa, which requires a minimum investment of NZD$10 million ($6.7 million) over three years, attracted 17 U.S. applicants in fiscal 2017, after President Donald Trump’s election. Previously, it averaged six applicants a year.” The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan

What measures have the government in Aotearoa taken to deal with these refugees? What has been done to guarantee our Pacific Island neighbours a habitable place to live?Nothing has been done because the regime in Wellington fits the definition of being “Abrupt Climate Change Deniers” and for final proof of the cognitive dissonance, ignorance and outright lies from James Shaw NZ Green Party of Aotearoa co-leader look at this level of ignorance he just posted on Twitter:
Shaw saying that he can ‘solve’ climate change exposes his intellectual bankruptcy and delusion. The cognitive dissonance surrounding the Seventh Great Extinction  is a case study in itself.
I’m editing this post on the 21/01/2020 due to this development from the UN:
“It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee has found.

The judgment – which is the first of its kind – represents a legal “tipping point” and a moment that “opens the doorway” to future protection claims for people whose lives and well being have been threatened due to global heating, experts say.  Climate refugees can’t be returned home, says landmark UN human rights ruling

So what’s your position on these refugees? Leave your comments below.
Cognitive

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Climate Change Refugees, Robert Hunziker, The Sixth Great Extinction
18 comments on “A Tsunami of Climate Change Refugees heading to Aotearoa New Zealand
  1. Anthony says:

    This just the latest apocalypse in the human caused 6th mass extinction now exponential since the last ice age ended. It’s a tragedy beyond comprehension; up to 1.5 billion creatures dead. The Lucky country is now the very much unlucky country. One can only silently weep and mourn the tortured and burned alive terrified fellow creatures aka animals; their passing diminishes us to Lords of a once beautiful but now devastated World. Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn
    This article is more than 2 years old

    Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/10/earths-sixth-mass-extinction-event-already-underway-scientists-warn

    Accepting more Australians to live here will place extra pressure on a society suffering from child poverty, homelessness gross inequality and a FIRE sector ( Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) which cheers on housing speculation for self-propelled Capital Gain. New Zealand is not a healthy society but very much divided. Our young couples, the future of NZ haven’t a hope of buying their own home to start a family but are condemned to be rentier slaves until death do us part.

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  2. “Stand on Aotearoa” !!!

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  3. 44 south says:

    I have already advised one fellow doomer and previous member of the NBL tribe,caught up in ground zero of the Oz fires,to get his family across the Tasman ASAP.
    We could, had our politicians any brains, have been preparing for their arrival for the last decade at least.
    Had we done so much of rural NZ would look like my place.
    But no,we can never accept that we must now live like refugees and “standards” must fall and houses must all now be “tiny”.
    So get ready for fuck ups and chaos on a grand scale, more rushed bad lawmaking and platitudes aplenty.
    Damn them all to hell.

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  4. Well, NZ could always do the same thing OZ has been doing to the refugees that have been showing up on their shores…put ’em in camps, right? Have armed Navy ships pointing guns at the escape boats, yes? Scream ‘ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS’ to criminalize them.

    Then they could do what the US police state is doing here to the climate and political refugees showing up from Centro America, just steal their children and throw them in dog cages while shipping the parents back to their hell-hole countries… Oh wait, the refugees from OZ are gonna be of Euro descent and not brown faces…so far denying access to refugees has only been the non-Caucasians fleeing their burning/drought/heat/flood ravaged and dying lands.

    At least that seems to be what ‘LEADERS’ all seem to be in favor of. Look at southern Europe, huge refugee camps on islands etc etc. Africa is dying, too, and they’ll all head north at one point also I’m thinking. Isn’t South Africa on the brink of having no water for their cities? That was recently I remember.

    So when does NZ say enough and blockade the millions that could start pouring in, that the country cannot FEED?

    And where do the 1.4 BILLION Indians, the tens of millions of Pakistani, the Sri Lanka and Bangladeshi and and…where are they gonna go? They are enduring heat waves and drought that will only get worse and we know it.

    Ah hell, this is coming for the entire planet. It just boggles the mind trying to mentally grasp the picture of this. I used to have a world map on the wall and imagined arrows pointing away from the equator. High human population density places all trying to escape.

    I’m already seeing climate refugees moving here from the US Deep South and southern desert states the last five/six years or so. Or at least it has become more obvious. A trickle that probably will turn into a torrent before much longer. Too much wet bulb heat and fear of the monster hurricanes for the former (their words), and too much 123’F temps and lack of water for the latter (those sand-eater folk’s words).

    Can’t wait for the real loonies to start showing up from the burning desert like Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen who spoke out for letting a real estate developer bulldoze a section of forest because, and I quote, “trees are stealing all of Arizona’s water.”

    That’s…so bizarre a statement but then 30 years ago Reagan said “trees cause air pollution” so…the loonies have run this country for a LONG damned time.
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    And bluntly, I’m sort of a climate refugee but more by choice I guess. I moved here 15 years ago because I wanted to get farther north where it still snowed more, still had colder winters, much like it was in the Bear River Range that I lived in a decade earlier. A place with far fewer giant cities nearby and a somewhat less decimated ecology (though the hedge fund loggers are doing their damnedest to destroy these mountains these last few years). Of course to be able to do this kind of move you are either the resort wealthy group or rural poor in mountains and, well, this is definitely the latter…2nd poorest county in WA State. It was a compromise no doubt. Now the Big Insure has been cancelled and I wear N95 masks a lot during the fire season which is getting earlier and later every year…. None of us can escape this, Kevin. Even running from OZ to NZ…or me here.

    But the wealthy certainly have thrown the dice at surviving in their bunkers in NZ, haven’t they? I I’ve read about sailing ships crewed and provisioned ties up waiting, jets fueled and ready to go, rich man’s toys parking in harbors and airports ready to fly to NZ! Man, it’s a whole lot of the premise of Nevil Shute’s On The Beach…last man standing eats death pills and sticks poison needles distributed by the government into their children and pets…
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    In other news I just found out that I’m in the Encyclopedia of Surfing! It’s a paywall site and operated by one of the top Surfer Magazine editors, but they have a page about river surfing. They snagged a 1988 picture from my The Lunch Counter Trilogy book and when tabbed it zooms in with my name, date, and Lunch Counter, Wyoming. OF COURSE it was absolutely the worst picture in the book but I admit that it was the oldest dated pic so I think that’s why they used it. 7 seconds of fame? HA!

    Gotta laugh about this shit, keep that sense of gallows humor going. Gotta go move snow and cut firewood. A foot since Saturday morning but a high cloud-blue sky Monday morning so far. Had an avalanche at Silver Mt (my other season pass hill) that killed people on Tuesday. Heavy snow on zero depth icy base and Wardner Peak slid. Steepest and deepest runs on the hill. The ski hills open with nothing, get icy frozn crap for weeks then a big heavy wet dump comes in. Of course stuff is going to slide….

    https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/jan/07/avalanches-reported-at-silver-mountain-shoshone-co/

    sealintheSelkirks

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  5. rogue composer says:

    OK. Do i have this straight? Those who are the major cause of Earth’s biosphere collapse and resultant death of all the Innocents (animals, lifeforms), are planning to escape to NZ safe zones due to their greed, mayhem and sociopathic madness? Great, thanks for the intel Kevin. Now we’ll know where to find them.

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    “As global temperatures soar, Australia could become so hot and dry that the country’s residents could become climate refugees, U.S. climatologist and geophysicist Michael Mann told Reuters.” Even the conservative Michael Mann can’t cover up the trajectory we are on.
    “Mann, the author of four books including “The Madhouse Effect,” said Australia could still “easily achieve” the target by shifting towards renewable energy.”

    “It’s possible to grow the economy, create jobs, and preserve the environment at the same time. These are things that all Australians could embrace,” Mann said.”
    I’ve previously critiqued Mann and his scientific reticence in the face of early stage runaway and how he has become the corporate media go to ‘Mann’ but even he is compelled to admit we will see climate change refugees in Australia.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-bushfires-climatechange-idUSKBN1ZD2RU?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3cJKB_SoYCeelhMiieDcynfiNQcy9Jla-sLdGeUvXh8fbYzTCj7OLX1Xk

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  7. Mary Duchat says:

    Start setting up humane refugee camps and let the billionaires pay.

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    • 44 south says:

      Been doing exactly that for well over a decade now without any need of the mega rich.
      Only a tiny scap of rural NZ but a model of what could be done, should have been done, to much of the country.
      Eight acres subdivided into eight acre blocks by fruit and nut and firewood trees, each with its own small house of breeding poultry and grazing for a handful of sheep, the initial food source till the gardens are established.
      So I can take seven individuals or small families.
      The catch is that they’re going to be my blood relations as a first choice.
      The other problem is that I operate totally outside the current regulations to do what I’m doing.
      The reality is that my efforts will be in vain as extreme exponential climate chaos overwhelms even my years old preparation.
      Ain’t no cure for stupid except death.

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    • Definitely a DUH! moment with that question:

      “Australia has had drought after drought and at some point you have to start asking the question, ‘Is this just an incredible run of bad luck or is this the new normal?’” DUH.

      Interesting that it seems the biggest worry in Oz is how many tourists won’t come spend money, but since it is an economics article I guess that isn’t surprising. And it says the tourists who generally visit the provincial areas are locals the financial hit will be other locals instead of the bankers and wealthy that own everything in Melbourne and Sidney where the international tourists spend their money… Our species has gone so urban that people fly over oceans to visit…other cities. I think the US is now nearly 80% living urban in city or town of some kind.

      I’m guessing those sterilized fire zones aren’t going to attract folks who like to picnic since the dirt is so dead there won’t be much growing back. Plants don’t do well in dead soil. Besides, who wants to be a tourist in a burned-off disaster zone full of toasted animal bodies stinking in the sun when they can spend their money in Sidney having fun?

      But NZ will probably be exporting a lot more food to OZ. A good thing? Well, yeah, since the freaking OZ farms and ranching areas have been drought-stricken so long they aren’t producing as much before this year’s fires. Though not that much farmland burned. In the short term, that would make the NZ GNP better but then there will be next year’s massive OZ fires…and the year after that…etc. Add the forever ‘new-normal’ drought so I’m not exactly optimistic about OZ suddenly going back to the ‘way things were’ anytime soon. Rather the opposite in fact. Do they import a majority of their food? BBQ’d Roo and Koala and baked bird-falling-from-the-sky becomes the new normal…

      Yeah, I know, I’m a bit sarcastic.

      What those in government refuse to realize is that they are facing nothing but continuing-to-become-worse in every category of a habitable environment/biosphere; and that pretty much forever. Just keep exporting all that coal, Aussies, keep that national GNP going strong no matter how it actually affects the climate that is causing the country to dry up and blow away when it isn’t burning. Maybe OZ can be the first continent-wide solar array when it goes totally desert.

      Gotta be an upside to it somewhere, right?

      Leaders down there aren’t any more intelligent that what I see in this country, that’s for goddam sure.

      So, where would NZ put, say, a quarter of the population of Australia? In a trickle exodus or an avalanche of refugees, both would require very different strategies to implement. OZ turns into a death zone they can’t live in any longer so NZ gets huge rising costs on housing, far fewer jobs if any, far more expensive food, huge impact on existing infrastructure. Taxes would have to go up, too! How about the Aussies bring all their CARS? NZlanders wouldn’t be able to afford the rents and radical price hikes for basic needs because profit is profit and all the market will bear is perfectly acceptable to neo-liberal right wingers. An epidemic of Greed would ensue!

      But honestly, it looks like the Indian subcontinent is flipping over into uninhabitable quicker than OZ will go belly up. The temperatures there are insane this last summer, All of those overcrowded countries, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, all are seeing incredible increases and a never-ending drought with erratic monsoons, water and soil and everything else all used up, and they keep having way too damn many babies.

      Or perhaps what the US calls the ‘Middle East’ which on the map looks more like western Asia to me but what do I know? They’re seeing temperatures that humans cannot live in, too. I mean, 126’F every day?

      The Equator is going to be mass death zones eventually.

      I wonder if the poorest or the wealthiest will evacuate OZ first, and how long before the exodus really starts? Another few years maybe? Like the small farmers from Centro America who are the climate refugees on the US border but this time Euro-relatives.

      May we live in interesting times. Fascists rising to power all over the world as quickly as the climate breaks down. What a coincidence.

      sealintheSelkirks

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  8. Kevin Hester says:

    Happening now, not long off in the future

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  9. As usual dial-up doesn’t work on downloading this vid but I’ve been reading some extremely disturbing articles on what is happening across a wide swath of Africa. Since I don’t read mainstream corporate news and no television is allowed in this house I’m assuming there isn’t much really being said to the general public. But the birthplace of our species is going to become/is becoming uninhabitable. Probably what this vid says, yes? The continent is gonna freaking die and so are tens or hundreds of millions of Africans because the farms are choking on dust and drought and what do people do when this happens? Do they stay there and watch their kids starve to death?

    No. They invade and kill their neighbors to feed their families. That’s what killer primates have always done. And they’ll run across a border right into the starving people of that country and the survivors of that massacre with push on to the next border and run into more fleeing that country. And every person along the Equator is going to be heading north. ALL of them. Wouldn’t anybody do the same thing? Of course we would. That’s what our species has always done in an ecological crisis.

    I’m reading an out-of-date book I picked up from Powell’s Books online a couple weeks ago published in 2008 by Gwynne Dyer titled ‘Climate Wars.’ Needed one more book to qualify for the no shipping bonus so…$10 retail saved me more in shipping than the cost of this book and it wasn’t even a used book which is what I usually buy from them. I can’t afford new books, not hardbacks anyway.

    You ever read this one, Kevin? Holy crap! The first 16 pages were, to be blunt, brutal. He talked to everybody while reading the science, from military to those ‘alarmist’ scientists on the pointy end of the stick that nobody wanted to listen to about what they thought we were facing then. My how the baseline of what was alarmist has shifted since then.

    But what I find interesting, and I’m only on page 64, is that the timelines that are laid out were so…optimistic twelve years+ ago when he was researching it. But it was of what was expected, possible, by 2047. The most gloomy assessments. Uh-oh. What is going on now is most definitely 3 decades early. Or 80 years early if you only look back at what was being said in the 90s. We are so fucked and so much sooner.

    A ‘possible’ CO2 level of 500ppm…but the latest readings this month I read about say 416ppm! And he writes about the methane bomb. But it’s going off in the Arctic right now. And Antarctica and Greenland and and and. Why am I feeling somewhat overwhelmed? So I had to shift books for a few days and read a used Vonnegut that also came in the box. Whew! I needed the break from those first 64 pages!!!

    And he wrote about where Africa was going to get hit with. And the entire planet’s swath of deserts at roughly 26′ latitude in both hemispheres and how quickly that would expand. And the absolute death of any humans in the equatorial zones. And the refugees that would explode out from the dying areas swamping everybody in their paths and eating the land bare like locusts.

    But it was all roughly based around 2047. Plenty of time to…die of old age beforehand, right?

    Triage. When the Europeans start sinking the refugee ships crossing the Med and regular beach patrols to burn the bodies washing up; when the US gov builds a real wall like the Israeli monster that is 30 feet tall of solid concrete with guns and gas bombs on top pointing down into the mass of humanity below who will already be dying of starvation & dehydration because the Mexican border is at what latitude? Oh. That 26’N latitude in the desert zone. When the Canadians build a wall across their border to keep the US from flooding over with THEIR guns pointing down… Triage by everybody in the global North?

    200,000 years for us to grow to 250 million worldwide by the Roman Empire years. Then to 1 billion by 1800 only a scant two hundred twenty years ago. To 2 billion by 1945 seventy-five years ago. And now to nearly 8 billion with the planetary ecosystem flat breaking down by overuse and compounded by the destabilizing climate which of course makes everything much, MUCH worse.

    Ya know something? Ten million years in the future the planet won’t even remember we were on it. There won’t be anything left on the surface of the planet showing that we were here. A green and blue water world covered with life. My thought is that even planets practice triage.

    There will be some pieces of leftover junk still standing on the surface of the Moon I’m guessing. The long-lasting fingerprint of our species in a galaxy full of planets with intelligent life that just didn’t figure it out in time and killed themselves off. I image there are a lot of those out there in the dark circling their suns because there is such a short span of time between becoming a intelligent technological species able to get off their planet before they use it all up from inventing that technology.

    Just saying. Sitting here ruminating and drinking hot tea isn’t getting any chores done. Guess I should go outside and get some chores done. The sun is just beaming heat through the window in a light blue sky that’s got some kind of haze to it. Sure is muddy for February.

    sealintheSelkirks

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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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