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Cool article about the inequalities that come from climate change

by on December 4, 2013

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/12/the-inequality-of-climate-change/?_r=0

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  1. Similar to Kivalina, this article provides a really good explanation of the inequality and disproportionality of climate change. Rajenda Pachauri reiterates what we have been talking about in class: “It is the poorest of the poor in the world, and this includes poor people even in prosperous societies, who are going to be the worst hit.” He clearly points out that it’s not only the developing countries that constitute the “poor” of the people that will be hit the hardest. He highlights that poorer communities within industrialized countries will also be hit the hardest within their society. This relays a connection between climate change and Kivalina and Hurricane Katrina and the Lower Ninth Ward. Even within the United States, there are communities that will reap the consequences of our collective action worse than others. This pattern will continue as long as we continue to contribute to environmental disasters. As Dr. Jim Yong Kim says, “If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty.” This conclusion struck me. I think we use selective attention and denial to really block out the intensity and connectedness of global issues. Even after realizing the disproportionality of our actions, it is hard to make that connection to poverty on such a large scale.

  2. Ashley Leonard permalink

    I found this article to be extremely beneficial in providing scientific evidence of why the world’s poorest regions are and will be effected the most by natural disasters due to climate change. In regards to selective attention, we often fall back on the idea that if global warming due to climate change does increase the risk of natural disasters, it won’t be affecting us. But we must look at the bigger picture-the reason why the poorer areas of the world are getting hit the greatest by intense storms and natural disasters is because these areas are closes to the lower-latitude regions where the sea level will be higher. And due to the world system’s theory we discussed earlier in the year, the 3 different types of countries that exist are core, semi-peripheral, and peripheral. The core, wealthier countries that dominate the peripheral countries (which are located closer to the hemisphere) are at higher latitudes, and therefore will mostly experience higher temperature increase. And as Americans, when we think of global warming we primarily focus on temperatures rising. Really though, when the natural disasters devastate the economy and mere existence of the peripheral countries, we will have nothing left to depend on.

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