Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: a Conversation with Maxine Burkett

For island and coastal nations, rising sea levels pose an urgent threat; indeed, we’re already seeing climate-change-driven migration — a process threatens to create empty states by draining communities of skills and tax revenue even before the full physical impacts of climate change hit. In this podcast, Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, and the former director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, visits with Halley Epstein, YLS ’14, about what might be done to preserve statehood for nations after climate change makes their physical territories uninhabitable.