President-Elect Trump Should Acknowledge Effects Of Climate Change On Most Vulnerable
New York Times: As Donald Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die of It
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
“…Climate change, disproportionately caused by carbon emissions from America, seems to be behind a severe drought that has led crops to wilt across seven countries in Southern Africa. The result is acute malnutrition for 1.3 million children in the region, the United Nations says. … Whatever we do to limit the growth of carbon, climate problems will worsen for decades to come. Those of us in the rich world who have emitted most of the carbon bear a special responsibility to help people … who are simultaneously least responsible for climate change and most vulnerable to it. … I don’t pretend that the links between climate change and this food crisis are simple, or that the solutions are straightforward. … Yet we do know what will help in the long run: sticking with the Paris agreement to limit global warming, as well as with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. We must also put a price on carbon and invest much more heavily in research on renewable energy. In the short and medium term, we must step up assistance to climate refugees and sufferers, both to provide relief and to assist with new livelihoods that adjust to new climate realities. … The most basic starting point is for the American president-elect to acknowledge … [that climate] change is real…” (1/6).