2022-08-29 12:28:12

"Climate Apartheid": Pakistan, Contributing Less Than 1% of Global Emissions, Ravaged by Floods

Pakistan has declared a national emergency as massive floods continue to devastate the country, displacing 33 million people and bringing the death toll to over 1,000 since June. We speak with Shah Meer Baloch, Islamabad-based reporter for The Guardian, who describes how the floods have swept away homes, roads, and bridges in what Baloch and Pakistan's top climate official have called a serious "climate catastrophe." We also speak with Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, who says Pakistan and other poor countries are "stuck in a toxic interplay between a climate catastrophe that they are not responsible for, increasing hunger, structural inequality, and a rigged economic system." He calls on rich countries to reach zero net emissions by 2030 instead of pursuing geoengineering schemes like carbon capture and storage — a tactic that is funded in President Biden's new Inflation Reduction Act.

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