The Melting World #237

November 01, 2013

This week, we're talking about how climate change is altering the face of the planet, and affecting the lives of the people who live here. Desiree Schell speaks to science writer and naturalist Christoper White, about his book "The Melting World: A Journey Across America's Vanishing Glaciers." And she's joined by sociology researcher Stephen Castles, to discuss the factors driving human migration, and how it could be affected by the shifting climate.

Download "Foresight: Migration and Global Environmental Change" (2011), Final Project Report from the UK Government Office for Science, London.

Download Stephen Castles' "concluding remarks on the climate change-migration nexus," from "Migration and Climate Change" 2011.



  • Christopher White
  • Stephen Castles

Guest Bios

Christopher White

Christopher White has written several books, including "The Melting World" and "Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen," and written for "National Geographic," "Exploration," and other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Stephen Castles

Stephen Castles is the Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Sydney. He is a sociologist and political economist, and works on international migration dynamics, global governance, multiculturalism, transnationalism, migration and development, and regional migration trends in Africa, Asia and Europe. His research and publications have made an influential contribution to the development of interdisciplinary migration research for many years.

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