Climate Refugee: An old term gaining in popularity as extreme weather changes how people live
No one wants to become a climate refugee. But, recent survivors of Hurricane Ian tell ABC Action News that is what they've now become. A climate refugee is "a person who has been forced to leave their home as a result of the effects of climate change on their environment," Oxford Dictionary. On Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall near Cayo Costa in southwestern Florida as a dangerous, high-end Category 4 storm. Winds and storm surges wiped parts of Ft. Myers Beach off the face of the Earth.