Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Climate Inaction Infringing Human Rights?

*In case yer wondering, I'm goin to start highlighting news reports relating to climate change to highlight the issue. It's the least I can do. News have been popping up for ages, but I've decided to start highlighting it now (or a few posts ago)*

*Bolds are manually done by me to highlight, except the title and sub-title.*

[Quote from BBC News Website]

Climate inaction 'costing lives'

Feet on parched soil (Image: AP)
Oxfam says rich nations' carbon footprint are putting lives at risk

Failure to take urgent action to curb climate change is effectively violating the human rights of people in the poorest nations, an aid charity warns.

A report by Oxfam International says emissions, primarily from developed countries, are exacerbating flooding, droughts and extreme weather events.

As a result, harvests are failing and people are losing their homes and access to water, the authors observe.

They say human rights need to be at the heart of global climate policies.

" "Climate change was first seen as a scientific problem, then an economic one," explained report author Kate Raworth. "Now it is becoming a matter of international justice." The global impacts of climate change meant that nations had to be held accountable for the consequences of their actions, Ms Raworth said. "
Crop yields could increase by 20% in East and Southeast Asia, but decrease by up to 30% in Central and South Asia.
Agriculture fed by rainfall could drop by 50% in some African countries by 2020
20-30% of all plant and animal species would be at increased risk of extinction if temperatures rose between 1.5-2.5C
Glaciers and snow cover are expected to decline, reducing water availability in countries supplied by melt water.
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For full report, click here.

Wow, the problem triangle! It now involves not juz economic and environmental issues, it's also a social issue now! HUMAN RIGHTS INFRINGED BY CLIMATE INACTION. Can you argue that climate change is not a big issue now?

So kids if yer whining about famine in Darfur, come join the climate crisis camp. You'll be damn sure to find your solution here.

If yer worried if your economical benefits are affected, come join the climate crisis camp. You'll be damn sure to find your solution.

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