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U.N. Expert Warns of Impending “Climate Apartheid”

HeadlineJun 27, 2019

A United Nations expert has warned we are on track for a “climate apartheid,” where wealthy people can pay their way out of the consequences of climate devastation while others will face hunger, conflict and mass displacement. A new report by Philip Alston, the U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says that the U.N. and the larger human rights community has been complacent in the planet’s “impending disaster” and that even if current global emissions targets are met, “millions will be impoverished.” Poorer nations are expected to bear at least 75% of the costs of climate change, even as the poorer half of the world’s population generates just 10% of global emissions.

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