According to the IPCC, limiting warming to 1.5°C will mean: 420 million fewer people frequently exposed to extreme heat waves 61 million less people in urban areas exposed to severe drought Between 184 and 270 million fewer people exposed to water scarcity Sea level rise 10cm lower than at 2 degrees of warming Reduced risk … Continue reading We must keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C.
Climate breakdown is happening because rich countries build their wealth by exploiting people and ecosystems. That wealth leaves them better able to adapt, whilst countries in the global south face the brunt of climate-related disasters. According to Oxfam, thecarbon emissions of the richest 1% are more than double the emissions of the poorest half of … Continue reading The communities hit hardest by climate change contributed least to the problem.
Debt repayments keep lower income countries poor and prevent them from investing in the health and energy infrastructure that could help them to adapt as the planet warms. Lower income country debt is often the result of IMF backed loans which come with structural adjustment programmes attached (austerity, privatisation, market liberalism, slashing of public wage … Continue reading The UK is a key jurisdiction for the enforcement of globally accrued debt. We must legislate to stop the debt cycle if lower income countries are to have a chance to adapt as the planet warms.