The Weekend Wonk: Fleeing Climate Change

May 11, 2019

5 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Fleeing Climate Change”

  1. redskylite Says:

    It’s difficult to conceive the world we live in today, the grim reality is catching up so quickly. Fantasy becomes fact. Now hardly anyone blinks at news of the drowning of migrants/refugees in the Mediterranean. Just another sad fact of life sometimes heard on the radio as we rush to the gas/petrol pumps and book our aircraft flights.

    Computers promised to bring us all a better life, with more leisure and less mundanity – what happened to those dreams.

    There has to be a better way, is it down ?

    The only way is down: Subterranean survival warning.

    Metropolises like Singapore and Hong Kong have already begun changing legislation to allow for everything from universities to libraries, shopping centres, cinemas and sports facilities to move underground.

    Trees planted in new green areas will do their bit to help rein in climate change, as well as help prevent soil degradation.

    Going underground can also help protect populations from the severe weather events climate change is expected to spark.

  2. redskylite Says:

    “We are still losing the battle,” Guterres told reporters last week. “Climate change is still running faster than we are, and if we don’t reverse this trend, it will be a tragedy for the whole world.”

    In Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, Guterres will meet with families whose lives have been upended by cyclones, flooding and other extreme weather events.

    Pacific island countries face an especially dire risk from climate change because of sea level rise. In some cases, low-lying countries could disappear completely.

    Fiji is working to build a coalition of more than 90 countries from the Caribbean, Africa and Asia facing climate crisis.

    “We are seeing everywhere a clear demonstration that we are not on track to achieve the objectives defined in the Paris agreement,” Guterres said on the failure to limit rises to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial revolution levels.

    “And the paradox is, that as things are getting worse on the ground, political moves seem to be fading,” he added in the joint press conference in Auckland with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

  3. redskylite Says:

    “While the cause of Juan’s death is still being investigated by US authorities, the reasons that pushed him to migrate in the first place are the same driving many families in this region to make the journey to the US: Years of drought due in part to climate change are driving more and more residents north to find work to support their families. ”

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