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As the planet warms, it’s the poor around the world who will suffer the most

Thom Hartmann, America's #1 progressive radio show host and NY Times bestselling author of over twenty books.

Published time: November 20, 2012 15:44

­That’s the warning coming from a new World Bank report that projects global temperatures increasing 4-degrees Celsius by the end of the century.  The temperature increase will be felt the most along the equator in the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of the United States.  This temperature increase will lead to scarcity in water and food resources and disruptions in biodiversity – which could force mass migrations of people out of affected areas.  

Rising temperatures will also lead to rising sea levels which threaten cities located in India, Mexico, and Vietnam – as well as several African nations.  The World Bank also warns that several small islands around the planet will likely be unable to sustain their populations by 2100.  This is the threat that the entire planet faces if global climate change is left unchecked.  Luckily – people are getting active.  

On Sunday – thousands of people showed up outside the White House to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been described by climate scientists as a “ticking time bomb” for the planet.  We need more people in the streets to force government to listen to the future generations that will inherit this planet rather than the oil barons that are destroying it.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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