Norman Myers

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Norman Myers (born 24 August 1934) is a British environmentalist specialising in biodiversity and noted for his work on environmental refugees. He is the father of marathon runner Mara Yamauchi, and lives in Headington, Oxford, England.[1]

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Myers has been an advisor to organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, scientific academies in several countries, and various government administrations worldwide. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow[2] at Green College, Oxford University, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University.[3] He is a patron of population concern charity Population Matters[4] and, in 1991, was awarded the environmental Blue Planet Prize.


Myers's widely cited work on 'climate refugees' has been criticised by social scientists, and migration scholars in particular. Professor Myers himself admitted that his estimates, although calculated from the best available data, required some "heroic extrapolations",[5] In April 2011, the UN was reported to have distanced itself from Myer's forecasts in 2005 that the total number of climate refugees would reach 50 million by 2010.[6] One academic has stated that "my understanding is that Norman Myers looked at a map of the world, and he said which are the hotspots that we think are going to be affected by climate change; then he looked up the projected populations for those areas in 2010 and 2050 and added them up.... That's how he got to such a figure, because he didn't take into account that some people wouldn't move."[7] Populations continue to rise in many regions, with one effect being attempts at migration.


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