Starting Monday, at the UN climate summit COP20 in Lima delegates from more than 190 nations will discuss a new climate agreement.
On this issue, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:
“Two great challenges define the 21st century – the threat of catastrophic climate change and the maddening gap between the global rich and poor. These biggest challenges to worldwide peace are closely interlinked. Global warming impacts, such as increasingly disastrous weather events, regional water scarcity or local crop failure, hit those hardest who have the least means for coping. And the fossil fuel dividend is cashed in by those who are already wealthy. Without enhancing global equity, climate change cannot be contained; and without reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, fairness cannot be realized. Stabilizing the climate and combating poverty is largely the same thing.”
Aljazeera’s optimistic analysis, here.
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