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The study looked only at frequency, not intensity. And like many impacts of the climate crisis, the generational increase in disasters is most stark in countries that have produced fewer emissions. For example, infants in Sub-Saharan Africa may live through 50 times more heat waves than their family members born in pre-industrial times.
Why This Matters: This study drives home the increasing number of disasters expected as a result of climate change — and emphasizes the need to act immediately to rein in emissions. Right now, greenhouse gas emissions are on track to increase by 16% instead of ramping down as needed. This reality tracks with another recent first-of-its-kind study that found over half of young people are very worried about climate change and feel betrayed by lack of action by their governments.
“We can still avoid the worst consequences,” lead author Wim Thiery told the Washington Post. “That is what gives me strength as a father. … Their future is in our hands.”
Studies Could Bolster Youth Legal Cases
Young people across the world have taken their countries to court over their failure to address the climate crisis. In some cases, they have already won — German youth activists won a rewrite of the country’s emissions laws after arguing they were too vague. Research like this on intergenerational inequities can help make the case and strengthen arguments in court for harms caused by governments and corporations.
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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