Greenhouse gas emissions increased 2.3% in 2013, mainly because of large increases in China and India, according to the Global Carbon Project. A World Bank report states that we’re headed toward a four degrees centigrade warmer world by the end of the century with no certainty that humans can adapt to extreme heat waves, loss of agricultural land, and sea-level rise that will jeopardize major cities.[i] Citibank predicted it will cost $44 trillion to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change by 2060, the same year (2015) that the House of Representatives voted to keep the EPA from considering the costs. [ii]The poor are most harmed by climate change; a group of journalists documents the impact of climate change on poor girls and women.[iii]
[i] Naomi Klein, “One Way or Another, Everything Changes,” book excerpt from This Changes Everything, TruthDig, September 17, 2014.
[ii] Samantha Page, “House Votes to Keep EPA From Considering Costs of Climate Change, Climate Progress, September 27, 2015.