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We're headed for 'climate apartheid,' in which the poor will suffer while the rich save themselves, warns a chilling UN report
Jun. 26, 2019, 11:27 AM
Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010.
- The consequences of climate change, including sea-level rise, more severe droughts, wildfires, and other natural disasters, is likely to hit poor people hardest.
- According to a new report from the United Nations, climate change "could push more than 120 million more people into poverty by 2030."
- The report's authors warn of a future"climate apartheid" scenario, in which the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger, and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.
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Global inaction on climate change is creating a catastrophic 'climate apartheid' in which human rights as we know them — especially those of the world's most vulnerable people — are themselves threatened with extinction, a United Nations (UN) official warns.
Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, is an independent expert tasked with assessing how human rights are faring in all the world's poorest places today. According to him, they're not.
"Most human rights bodies have barely begun to grapple with what climate change portends for human rights,"Alston says.
is a full-blown crisis that threatens the human rights of vast numbers of people bears down, the usual piecemeal, issue-by-issue human rights methodology is woefully insufficient."
In a blistering new report