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What protections are available to people displaced by climate change?

  Climate change will impact all our lives in the coming years and many people will experience extreme events due to climate   change resulting in displac e ment , both internally and across international borders . This has become the reality for some already within low-lying archipelago islands within the South Pacific, such as Tuvalu and Kiribati . Despite the certainty of increased climate change- related displacement, there is still no specific frameworks which protect those moving for climate related reasons (see a detail ed discussion here ) .   The site of the village of Tebunginako , Kiribati – relocated due to severe coastal erosion and saltwater intrusion (image: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade , Australia)   Are people displaced by climate change refugees?   Under Article 1(A) of the 1951 Refugee Convention, climate -related displacement do es not constitute ground s for international protection. I will take the essential elements of Article 1(A) i