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Climate Change Raises Stakes Of Economic Inequality

It’s telling that the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provides advice on how to cope with the impact of climate change, rather than talking about how to prevent climate change. Global climate change is here, and it’s been causing serious problems for years now. Thanks to a generation of politicians who pretended there wasn’t any problem, it’s now too late for prevention of crisis.

projected climate change drought worldwideThere are only two things we can do now: 1) Scale back our pollution of the planet to keep the crisis from getting any worse 2) Develop methods to make the harmful impact of climate change less damaging to our civilization.

One of the most unjust impacts detailed in the new report is that human-caused climate change has made the consequences of income inequality even more grave than before. Take the word “grave” literally. The question is who will die.

The report notes that one of the major impacts of climate change has been and will continue to be extreme weather events. The report also points out that over 95% of deaths from natural disasters have taken place in “developing countries” – the poorer nations of the earth. That means that it’s likely that less than 5 percent of the deaths due to climate change will take place in wealthy nations.

Climate change is no Robin Hood.

3 comments to Climate Change Raises Stakes Of Economic Inequality

  • Tom

    One of the aspects a bit less discussed is that insurance companies are beginning to have more and more problems meeting the rebuilding needs of their clients when these megastorms damage such a wide area as to be overwhelming. Like the late winter tornados, storms nowadays can cover multiple states and affect millions of homes, obliterating entire towns in the process. i read yesterday where Lloyd’s of London, one of the oldest insurance companies, was making this claim of struggling to increase premiums.

    Here’s the article:
    http://news.yahoo.com/lloyds-london-loses-822-million-2011-075319564.html
    (and it begins)
    “LONDON (AP) — Lloyd’s of London on Wednesday reported a big loss for 2011, which proved to be the second-costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe claims for the global insurance industry.

    Lloyd’s, a society of corporate underwriters and wealthy individuals that make insurance transactions through 88 syndicates, said it lost 516 million pounds ($822 million) on net claims of 12.9 billion pounds.

    The claims included 4.6 billion pounds for catastrophes, the largest amount in that category in Lloyd’s 324-year history. Total claims from natural catastrophes for the global insurance industry in 2011 were $107 billion, second only to $120 billion in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina in the United States, Lloyd’s said.

    Major catastrophe claims followed flooding in Australia in January, the second earthquake in New Zealand in February, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March, a deadly series of tornadoes in the United States in April and May, and the floods in Thailand from July.

    John Nelson, chairman of Lloyd’s, said the market’s capital position was unchanged and it recorded a profit in the second half of the year.”
    (there’s more, should you care to read further)

    “We know that market conditions are likely to remain tough in 2012,” Nelson said.

  • Tom

    This is a good read:
    http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175521/tomgram%3A_chip_ward%2C_apologies_to_the_next_generation_for_the_turmoil_to_come/#more

    “On behalf of my generation of grandparents to all of you, I want to apologize.”

  • Tom

    And here we see what we’re up against:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/035357_Monsanto_activity_book_children.html

    “(NaturalNews) In response to mounting public backlash from the older generation, the biotechnology industry has launched a new propaganda campaign aimed at convincing children that genetically-modified (GM) crops are not only safe, but also an improvement over natural agriculture. Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and five other major biotechnology companies and associations have collectively released the Biotechnology Basics Activity Book, a colorful guide designed to reeducate children into the false dogma of biotechnology.

    The 16-page guide — which includes word scrambles, fill-in-the-blank puzzles, and matching games — contains an introductory paragraph that claims biotechnology boosts crop yields, improves environmental conditions, and leads to more nutritious food. Throughout the book, children are told that biotechnology is changing the world for the better, which is a complete contradiction to all available independent science. And yet this guide is reportedly slated for inclusion in some school curriculums.

    “This is an activity book for young people like you about biotechnology — a really neat topic,” says the first page of the book. “Why is it such a neat topic? Because biotechnology is helping to improve the health of the Earth and the people who call it home.”

    You can view the entire activity book for yourself at:
    http://www.whybiotech.com

    The guide was produced by a group known as the Council for Biotechnology Information (CBI), a pro-GMO coalition of the world’s largest biotechnology companies and organizations. CBI routinely ignores independent science that shows GMOs and their growing chemicals to be dangerous, and continues to purvey the lie that GMO technologies are not only safe, but that they are superior to conventional and organic growing methods.” (there’s more)

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