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UN expert: Millions face dire poverty from climate change

/ 06:31 AM June 26, 2019

BERLIN – A United Nations expert on poverty says hundreds of millions of people around the world face hunger, displacement, disease and death because of climate change.

In a report released Tuesday, the U.N.’s independent expert on extreme poverty and human rights said current measures to cope with global warming fall far short of what’s necessary.

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Philip Alston, an Australian jurist, predicted dire consequences even in a best-case scenario.

Alston told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that the world economy needs a “fundamental shift” away from fossil fuels, which are blamed for much of the man-made greenhouse effect.

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Alston says the impact climate change will have on basic human rights hasn’t been given due attention “yet it represents an emergency without precedent.” /gsg

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