Seminar for a term describing a non-existent problem: "Climagration"

From the UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE and the “U.N. disappeared 50 million climate refugees that never happened” department, with a nod to the one actual climate refugee that was asking for relocation based on that argument and was denied, comes this laughable press release. “Climagration” was first thrust into the lexicon back in 2009 by the New York Times, and it is just as irrelevant today, as it was then, as referenced by the last sentence in the press release, bold mine.

Climigration? UNH expert explores threat of climate change on populations

DURHAM, N.H. – Climigration refers to migration caused by climate change. The term was coined to describe the predicament of northern Alaska populations who live on the “front line of climate change,” facing immediate threats from erosion and flooding associated with thawing permafrost, increasing river flows, and reduced sea ice protection of shorelines. Is climate-induced migration already occurring from these places? Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, will speak about this phenomenon at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting being held Feb. 16-20 in Boston.

What: “Climigration? Population and Climate in the North”

Who: Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, shares new findings about the growing risk of climigration.

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 3-4:30 p.m.

Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Room 313

Why: The term climigration, referring to migration caused by climate change, originally was coined for Arctic Alaska towns forced to relocate. Some historical movements have been attributed to climate change, but closer study tends to find multiple causes, making it difficult to quantify the climate contribution. Clearer attribution might come from comparisons of migration rates among places that are similar in most respects, apart from known climatic impacts. Hamilton applies this approach using annual 1990-2015 migration time series on 43 Arctic Alaska towns and villages. Although climigration is not detectable to date, growing risks make either planned or unplanned movements unavoidable in the near future.


The only REAL Climagration occurs in the winter, by tourists, using fossil-fueled aircraft.

A snowbird is a person who moves from the higher latitudes and colder climates of the northern United States and Canada and migrates southward in winter to warmer locales such as Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, or elsewhere along the Sun Belt of the southern United States, Mexico, and areas of the Caribbean. – Wikipedia


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February 18, 2017 2:25 pm

Does population loss in Vermont count or domestic outmigration from NY only made up with immigrants? And I’m not talking about seasonal trips either.

Bruce Cobb
February 18, 2017 2:25 pm

“Climagration” – the ultimate in fake news.

Dr Dave
February 18, 2017 2:26 pm

So UNH has a climagration “expert” even though the phenomenon doesn’t exist… it must not take much to become an expert in the field of sociology.

Reply to  Dr Dave
February 18, 2017 2:31 pm

…especially in NH.

Bryan A
Reply to  Resourceguy
February 18, 2017 9:08 pm

Just a B. S. degree in BS.

NW sage
Reply to  Dr Dave
February 18, 2017 4:26 pm

If you pay any university enough money it will print anything you want on the diploma.

Reply to  Dr Dave
February 19, 2017 2:50 am

The field of sociology contains about three bits of knowledge you can count on. I forget what they are. That’s two less than psychology. Why is it that left wingers are always attracted to and value “sciences” which have very limited capabilities of understanding events in their fields of endeavor? Perhaps because in those “sciences” anyone can make any kind of stupid claim and none of the practitioners are in a position to refute them. Every man a scientist, sall we say, is the attraction. No knowledge required. My opinion is as good as Freud’s.

Mike Jowsey
Reply to  arthur4563
February 19, 2017 8:41 pm

Prime example – Lewandowski

February 18, 2017 2:33 pm

“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of eco-refugees, threatening political chaos.” -Noel Brown, ex UNEP Director, 1989
“A billion people could die from global warming by 2020.” -John Holdren, 1986,

Let’s see, number of “eco-refugees” … ZERO.
Number of people who have died from global warming … ZERO.
One of these days the people are going to notice the NEVER ENDING CRYING WOLF baloney coming from the bullsh!t spewing & politicized (leftist) Chicken Littles.
Yeah, the chicken littles are politicized. Take John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar and a top leader of the global warming er “climate change” movement. He’s been among the most radical leftist nutcases for over 4 decades. And the Berkeley graduate and leftist nut Michael Mann, also a leader of the AGW leftist cult. But ALL the AGW leaders are like that. Leftist .. radicals.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Eric Simpson
February 18, 2017 3:27 pm

The “number of people who have died from global warming” is far from zero if you include the thousands of pensioners in Great Briton that have died in past winters because they could not afford heat due to increased electricity and petroleum prices, all caused both directly and indirectly by the Global Warming true believers.

Reply to  Joe Crawford
February 18, 2017 4:31 pm

+ many Joe! And that be shouted from the rooftops! I wish someone in an elected government post would get on that and start a motion to expose those that caused that atrocity to happen!

Stephen Richards
Reply to  Joe Crawford
February 19, 2017 3:10 am

The whole of Europe and particularly Germany

Chris Riley
Reply to  Joe Crawford
February 20, 2017 1:12 pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation has at least 100X more American blood on its hands than Al Qaeda and ISIS combined. This is an (apparently acceptable) level of collateral damage from the, in my opinion insane CAFE standards. The fact that this is essentially ignored is a complete mystery to me.
This butchery is well documented by a wide variety of researchers.
“According to the Brookings Institution, a 500-lb weight reduction of the average car increased annual highway fatalities by 2,200-3,900 and serious injuries by 11,000 and 19,500 per year. USA Today found that 7,700 deaths occurred for every mile per gallon gained in fuel economy standards. Smaller cars accounted for up to 12,144 deaths in 1997, 37% of all vehicle fatalities for that year. The National Academy of Sciences found that smaller, lighter vehicles “probably resulted in an additional 1,300 to 2,600 traffic fatalities in 1993.” The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration study demonstrated that reducing a vehicle’s weight by only one hundred pounds increased the fatality rate by as much as 5.63% for light cars, 4.70% for heavier cars, and 3.06% for light trucks. These rates translated into additional traffic fatalities of 13,608 for light cars, 10,884 for heavier cars, and 14,705 for light trucks between 1996 and 1999.”
Read more:

Reply to  Chris Riley
February 20, 2017 1:49 pm

And that, folks, is why I drive a Mercedes Benz and not a pauper’s box on a rollerskate…

andrew dickens
Reply to  Eric Simpson
February 18, 2017 4:17 pm

A comprehensive collection of fake news climate stories (like the 2 quoted above) would be useful

Reply to  andrew dickens
February 18, 2017 7:04 pm

I would also like a resource like that, along with a central repository of doomsday climate models that have already been proven false.

Reply to  Eric Simpson
February 19, 2017 3:53 am

Didn’t both guys attack the Student Union building at Berkeley last week and try to burn it down? 🙂
(by the way, I went to school there back in 1969)

Chris Riley
Reply to  emsnews
February 20, 2017 1:16 pm

So sorry for your loss

February 18, 2017 2:34 pm

Yet another fashionable, technical-sounding term latched onto by those wishing to appear ‘enlightened’, knowledgable and most of all, concerned for others’ welfare. Let’s call it sophisterminology.

Reply to  PiperPaul
February 18, 2017 3:37 pm

You would enjoy essay Climatasrosophistry in my ebook.

FJ Shepherd
February 18, 2017 2:40 pm

There are at least one million climaimmigrants every year from Canada. Such has been happening for many decades and their numbers increase year after year. They are also known as “snowbirds.” They seem to be an odd bunch who seem to prefer warmer climates. One should think they would enjoy the cold and snow of Canada.

February 18, 2017 2:49 pm

Climigration not so much. But Volcanogration, yes. Look at Mt. Montserrat for one. Not due to mankind either.

Colin JC Kennedy
Reply to  csanborn
February 18, 2017 4:12 pm

Probably caused by Fracking some where on the other side of the globe… ‘tongue planted firmly in cheek’

Brian H
Reply to  csanborn
February 19, 2017 8:04 pm

Climigration appears to be negative, so far. Source countries turn put to be destinations, instead. Clue: Tropics don’t vary more than a degree or two, even in strong AGW, whereas high, cold latitudes warm up nicely.

February 18, 2017 2:52 pm

There’s climagration, and then there’s climigration. The differences are subtle, but potentially profound. Massive grant monies needed else climigraines are likely to result.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  BallBounces
February 18, 2017 4:19 pm

Don’t forget climaggravation, which is when people are so fed up with the “climate” nonsense they want to scream.

Reply to  BallBounces
February 19, 2017 3:54 am

My head hurts.

Joel O’Bryan
February 18, 2017 3:02 pm

I’m a climate refugee from New England permanently relocated to Tucson Arizona.
I will visit snow country for brief snow play… yes. Live there ever again… no.
Even in the summer when the weather in New England is “nice”, the mosquitoes and disease-laden ticks make me not want to be there at all, especially with my dog.
But let me warn anyone thinking of coming here. It’s horrible; really, really horrible here. Don’t come!! Trust me. So hot in summers. We’re running out of water for my pool. Castus, scorpions, rattlesnakes everywhere!! Don’t come.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
February 18, 2017 3:26 pm

Yes, It’s like Queensland Australia, mosquito infested, with the worlds 3 most venomous snakes. One Shark infested barrier reef prone to cyclonic storms and torrential flooding at any moment. All the regressive snowflakes would be better in a climate that rarely changes, say Macquarie Island or Alice springs, get as far from Queensland as possible.

Reply to  bobl
February 18, 2017 5:44 pm

Hi bobl, yep, me too! It’s really, really horrible here in CQ – no snow, little frost, lots of hot sunshine, open spaces (horrible for those who feel vulnerable!), snakes, spiders, drop-bears (really nasty ones too!), stingers in the water, crocodiles at the beach and up the rivers….. Mind you, with good ventilation and the odd ceiling fan we manage to survive the heat OK. But yeah, for “climate refugees”, it’s no place for them at all, they’d hate it here!

Reply to  bobl
February 18, 2017 8:36 pm

Me 3, a climagrate from Sydney to CQ cos Sydney was too damned cold.
Don’t come here its awful! (but bring tourist dollars when visting, please 🙂

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
February 18, 2017 3:30 pm

You can always ski Mt. Lemmon if you miss snow that much… :<)

Reply to  Joe Crawford
February 18, 2017 4:14 pm

Provided the road is open….

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
February 18, 2017 3:39 pm

Ditto. Fled to Fort Lauderdale from Chicago. Don’t come. Hurricanes, alligators, Burmese pythons, and snowbirds. Very dangerous.

Dr K.A. Rodgers
Reply to  ristvan
February 18, 2017 3:48 pm

And the dreaded capybaras?

Retired Kit P
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
February 18, 2017 3:57 pm

‘especially with my dog’
aka coyote food in Tucson.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
February 19, 2017 3:59 am

My family came to Tucson back when it was the Gadsden purchase. Calvary officer and wife. We all left, the entire clan, by 1980 because ‘too many people.’ Tucson exists as it is today thanks to modern systems like air conditioners.
I used only a ‘swamp box’ which fails to cool only in August but I didn’t mind, I used to sleep outside at night in August. But 99% of the people coming to Tucson live in artificial environments with everything run as if it is Northeast temperatures in spring, not adapting to the climate of Arizona.
BTW, my great grandmother and grandmother and even my mother all used umbrellas in summer to keep the sun off. No one does that today.

Reply to  emsnews
February 19, 2017 11:00 am

Long coats/robes and hoods/cowls are common in much of the Middle East for the same reason. They also help keep windblown sand out of body crevices.

Brian H
Reply to  emsnews
February 19, 2017 8:07 pm

They’re called “parasols”.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
February 18, 2017 3:08 pm

No you are all wrong…there really is climagration. It happens almost annually when thousands of green loonies fly to exotic venues in first class, funded by you and me and more worryingly by people who can’t afford to be robbed, to gabble incoherently about the threat posed by airplane exhausts etc etc. Hopefully this climagration is increasingly being recognised as what it really is – a disgusting abuse wrapped in a thick layer of fantasy and fraud.

February 18, 2017 3:20 pm

WUWT Readers, I just finished an article concerning non-existent and existent problems. I’d appreciate any thoughts. Also, be sure to watch the linked video to Dr Willie Soon’s presentation. It is outstanding.
Climate “Science” on Trial; Cherry Picking Locations to Manufacture Warming

Retired Kit P
Reply to  co2islife
February 18, 2017 4:36 pm

If you have to ask, it is not a problem.
If you are yelling call 911 and trying stay calm while recall your first aid training, there is a problem.
If you are waiting for the Chemical Safety Board investigators to arrive because you just relocated a roof on to a school two miles away, there is a problem. If you are waiting for 60 Minutes crew to investigate fish contaminated with PCBs, there is a NOT problem.
If you have to do a study, there is a not problem.
WUWT is dedicated to debating non problems. This a very good thing. Problems we are not debating. Polio, small pox, cholera, ect.

Reply to  co2islife
February 19, 2017 6:29 am


Reply to  Bacullen+1
February 19, 2017 6:49 am

Thanks a million for the comment. Please like, share, subscribe and comment. Once again, thanks a million.

February 18, 2017 3:21 pm

Classical sociology is the science of the irrational lacking a conception of rationality.

Phil R
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
February 20, 2017 10:35 am

Sociology is the study of people who don’t need studying by a bunch of people who do.

Retired Kit P
February 18, 2017 3:24 pm

We are snow birds. We live full time in our 37′ Holiday Rambler Diesel Pusher motor home. Not only do we avoid snow, we avoid hot and humid.
We sold our house in hot and humid Virginia when the company sent us to a nuke under construction in even more hot and humid China. When we came back and retired we did not really have a plan except for extended visits with family and go sailing. We found and old motor home on Craig’s list and headed south beating the first snow by a day. In the winter, we are somewhere between Florida and the desert southwest. Summers are in Washington and Oregon.
Currently we are in the Nevada desert spoiling a new granddaughter.

Reply to  Retired Kit P
February 18, 2017 4:17 pm

not bad…

Gunga Din
Reply to  Retired Kit P
February 18, 2017 4:27 pm

I knew a granddad who’s offspring were big on table etiquette. He took great pleasure in showing his grandchildren how to use honey to eat peas with a knife. 😎

Reply to  Gunga Din
February 18, 2017 11:21 pm

‘I eat my peas with honey,
I’ve done it all my life.
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on the knife’
‘Verse and Worse’ collected by Arnold Silcock if I remember correctly.

Reply to  Gunga Din
February 18, 2017 11:22 pm

Gosh, in moderation!

Roger Knights
Reply to  Retired Kit P
February 19, 2017 9:06 am

“Summers are in Washington and Oregon.”
Washington and Oregon (west of the Cascades) have the best summer climate in the country. (But mum’s the word!)

Ken Mitchell
February 18, 2017 3:44 pm

“The only REAL Climagration occurs in the winter, by tourists, using fossil-fueled aircraft.”
Wrong. Most “Snowbirds” travel via motorhome or car. Still fossil fueled, but land-bound.

Gunga Din
February 18, 2017 4:19 pm

Legal? No problem.
Illegal? Meet the rubber wall.

February 18, 2017 4:22 pm

That standard bearer of Truth, Justice and the Alarmist Way, the Crown Jewel of the Old Girls CEO Club in D.C. the AAAS.
Ha ha

February 18, 2017 4:28 pm

Both Willis and I have written about these fake “climate refugee” stories here in the past.
Two years ago I wrote Baked Alaska.
There is actually a paper written by Hamilton at DOI 10.1007/s11111-016-0259-6 and the US Army Core of Engineers has a plan to move Kivalina, Alaska that is valuable mostly for the aerial photo of this little town sitting on a sand-and-gravel temporary island (really a gravel bank) — it shows how these problems develop not from climate change but from the foolishness of man — building permanent structures on temporary land. They might have been able to get by by buiulding sea walls twenty years ago, but now it is too late.

Reply to  Kip Hansen
February 18, 2017 5:48 pm

That’s the case in so many of these supposedly disaster stories of low-lying islands and island nations being swamped by “global warming” and “rising” sea levels. Build on unstable ground, and you really shouldn’t be surprised if it shifts under you. Subsiding land, rather than rising water levels. It’s common sense, but therein lies the problem – common sense is becoming so rare.

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
February 18, 2017 4:31 pm

Global warmists coin some words or present some impacts, we try to counter them. This may not be correct way. The correct way is to present the science of climate change in right perspective. Without this, we are simply wasting time only.
El Nino temperature — there are several such localized/regionalized phenomenons. Based on patterns, weathermen try to forecast them.
Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

February 18, 2017 4:42 pm

Good one Anthony.
Reminds me of the time I was getting my hair cut, and one of the patrons (Russian? accent) waiting was complaining about taxes…etc, and threating to move.
I asked where he might go, and after a moment of consideration he said Australia.
Didn’t have the heart to burst his bubble.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  u.k.(us)
February 18, 2017 10:04 pm

Yeah, we pay some fairly high taxes in the OECD.

February 18, 2017 6:09 pm

Full Video – President Donald Trump HUGE Rally in Melbourne, Florida 2/18/17

February 18, 2017 9:36 pm

Slightly OT. Snowbird was a great song by Canadian songwriter Gene MacLellan. YouTube has a recording (sound, no video) of Elvis performing it in Las Vegas while having a bit of a laugh:

Leo Smith
February 19, 2017 12:49 am

Never mind snowbirds: Swallows are people who move to the southern hemisphere in the Northern winter.
Frankly, its worth it.

February 19, 2017 1:53 am

“The only REAL Climagration occurs in the winter, by tourists, using fossil-fueled aircraft.”
“I’m on holiday. I’m having too much fun someplace where it’s warm and sunny…and my desktop and laptop with my standard spreadsheets are back home where it’s cold and snowy. I’m not sure when I’ll be back there, if ever.”
Found One..

February 19, 2017 2:24 am

Urban Heat Island effectcomment image
Paris, France, 19/02/2017 temperatures are in degrees C.

February 19, 2017 3:47 am

I don’t know why the UN isn’t approving my climate refugee status. I keep applying but I never hear anything. It gets too cold here for some reason between October and the end of March. During those months, I think the UN should pick up the tab for airline and accommodation in some other area of the world, like Hawaii. I think they are all just talk.

Hocus Locus
February 19, 2017 4:28 am

One of the “snowbirds” seems to have a pair of eyeglasses stuck directly into his eyeball which is protruding from his head. His pupils also have different sizes which indicates a neurological emergency. I document things I see so others can no longer unsee them.

February 19, 2017 5:51 am

Climagration is what happened during the Little Ice Age.

Svend Ferdinandsen
February 19, 2017 1:13 pm

Why do peoble travel to exotic and warm places for holliday? Are peoble really that stupid.

February 19, 2017 8:38 pm

The deteriorating political climate of California provoked a move to Arizona. Yes, it’s just as hot here, but the humor is much drier.

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