Philip Alston, a UN expert on human rights claims that the world will soon face the risk of climate apartheid, as we are progressing towards a future in which only the rich will have the opportunity to escape the negative consequences of global warming while the poor suffer from the heat and famines.
Alston believes that the threat is already massive, and urgent measures would be required to ensure that climate change does not corrode the foundations of democracy and the rule of law, that it does not overwrite fundamental human rights such as the right to a home or the right to water and food. Growing inequalities and scarcity can easily elicit nationalist, xenophobic and racist responses.
He thinks that the most recent resolution of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the climate crisis is deficient, as it does not deal with the fact that human rights are fundamentally threatened by the situation. He believes international climate treaties are also ineffective, as our only hope of avoiding the catastrophe now lies in an urgent and profound social and economic transformation that guarantees the rights and improves the living conditions of the poorest.
The Indian water shortage resulting from unprecedented drought intensifies already significant social inequality.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.
We have known for some time that a number of countries in Africa are particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming on account of their positions alone. A recent study warns that the situation is even worse than we had previously thought.
In some parts of southern India, the water situation has become critical: in Chennai, a city with five million inhabitants and the capital of Tamil Nadu state (and the country’s sixth largest city) there has been a water shortage for weeks.
The lack of rain early this year has resulted in the most severe drought in the history of Namibia: the government declared a state of emergency in May. Five hundred thousand people are at the risk of not having enough food, not to mention the domestic and wild animals in the region.
Up to 7 million people may reach a hopeless food situation in the East African country according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
24 years ago, the UN designated June 17th as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The importance and the relevance of the topic is marked by the fact that water shortage is one of the main themes of this year’s greatest event in diplomacy, the Budapest Water Summit 2019.
A new study published in Nature, authored by 11 internationally recognised experts on climate and military conflicts has looked at the impact of the global increase in temperature on the incidence of armed conflicts.
Large lakes that have dried up and disappeared are among the saddest and most spectacular signs of global warming. Where a lake dries out, it is not only water that disappears: it is only a matter of time before wildlife, plants, animals, and then people, cultures and living communities are also extinguished.
Many studies warn us that rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere caused by the burning of fossil fuels is making the oceans grow acidic, a major threat to marine life. Comparatively less attention has been paid to freshwater ecosystems from that perspective...