A UN expert has warned of a possible “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape from hunger, “while the rest of the world is left to suffer”.
Even if current targets are met, “millions will be impoverished”, said Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty.
He also criticized steps taken by UN bodies as “patently inadequate”.“Ticking boxes will not save humanity or the planet from impending disaster,” Alston warned.
The Australian native is part of the UN’s panel of independent experts, and submitted his report – which is based on existing research – to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.
A key warning was that the world’s poor are likely to be hardest hit by rising temperatures - and the potential food shortages and conflict that could accompany such a change.
Developing nations are expected to suffer at least 75% of the costs of climate change – despite the fact that the poorer half of the world’s population generate just 10% of emissions