Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Climate Change: Case Studies

The New York Times continues reporting on how poor nations are paying the price for the greenhouse gases produced by wealthy nations (chiefly the US and Western Europe.
“We have an obligation to help countries prepare for the climate changes that we are largely responsible for,” said Peter H. Gleick, the founder of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security in Berkeley, Calif. His institute has been tracking trends like the burst of new desalination plants in wealthy places running short of water.
“If you drive your car into your neighbor’s living room, don’t you owe your neighbor something?” Dr. Gleick said. “On this planet, we’re driving the climate car into our neighbors’ living room, and they don’t have insurance and we do.”
Around the world, there are abundant examples of how wealth is already enabling some countries to gird against climatic and coastal risks, while poverty, geography and history place some of the world’s most crowded, vulnerable regions directly in harm’s way.


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1 comment:

Ian Hart said...

I like your blog, and your interesting perspective on environmental justice. If you'd like ot learn more about Peter Gleick and the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, check out www.pacinst.org.