VT: For America? Drought, massive small ag bankruptcies, interrupted food supplies, permanent coastal flooding, and a Pacific Northwest turned to Sahara.
Then it will get really bad….
Salon: Africa has 54 countries, more than one-quarter of the 195 nations on the planet today. The continent is also home to roughly 1.3 billion souls, more than one-sixth of the human population. And despite comprising a large chunk of the community of Homo sapiens, however, Africa is responsible for less than four percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Life is unfair, that isn’t going to spare Africans from suffering as a result of man-made global warming. A recent study revealed that Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda and the Mount Kenya massif in Kenya are going to lose their glaciers — the only ones on the entire continent.
Losing these iconic natural landmarks isn’t the worst thing that will happen to Africa because of climate change — there will be extreme weather events, rising sea levels, economic devastation, and more — but there is a melancholy symbolism to their impending disappearance.
Climate change isn’t a problem caused by all people equally; it is caused mostly by the rich, and since we live in a capitalist world, the suffering will fall disproportionately on the poor. Climate scientists, sociologists, and economists are largely in agreement on this point. And it presages the way that things will need to change in order to stave off the extinction of humanity.
“The problem is structural and systemic,” Dr. David Fasenfest, an American sociologist and associate professor at Wayne State University, told Salon by email. “Capitalist society is geared towards waste and destruction in order to promote consumption while producing at the lowest cost. That requires power and that means without strict restrictions most of the time we use ‘dirty’ forms of energy like coal that pollutes and promotes climate change.”
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