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UN report warns of ‘Climate Apartheid’

by Futures Centre, Jul 1
1 minute read

A new UN report asserts that the world is on the brink of a “Climate Apartheid” where the rich will use their wealth to escape the consequences of climate change, while the poor are left to suffer. The report also states that despite contributing the least to global emissions, those living in poverty will be the biggest victims of rising temperatures and the resulting hunger and conflict.

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UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, cited the example of Hurricane Sandy in New York to show that while most citizens struggled without power, the Goldman Sachs headquarters remained fully functional. He also rebuked authorities including Trump’s government and even the UN for not acknowledging the severity of the situation at hand.

 

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