The moral obligations of climate change

It’s increasingly becoming clear that global warming has a leading dimension of global social justice. Firstly, the physical impacts of global warming are likely to fall unequally across the planet. The tropics will become wetter, triggering more floods and landslides. The temperate zones will become drier; and this includes sub-Saharan Africa. The island nations are particularly vulnerable to rises in sea-levels and the destruction of the coral reefs. Some of the world’s largest and poorest populations live in these regions. They are already at survival levels: they don’t have the ability to adapt to such enormous environmental changes. Secondly, since global warming persists for long periods of time, it follows that the present trend has been created predominantly by the developed nations; notably the US and Western Europe. There is a retrospective responsibility for this global situation, whatever the current balance of national global emissions.

Comment from ‘The Guardian link here.