Fighting poverty might make it harder to fight climate change

Lifting people out of poverty is a noble goal, but it could make it harder to fight climate change. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that elevating the world’s poorest individuals into the middle class would significantly increase carbon emissions, requiring greater efforts to combat global warming.

One in five people in developing nations lives on less than $1.90 a day, where they lack basic needs such as food and water and have limited access to education. Most are found in southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In 2014, the United Nations agreed on a list of sustainable development goals, the first of which is to “end poverty in all forms everywhere.” The agenda set targets to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. A year later, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change set a goal to keep global warming below 2°C above preindustrial levels.

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Fonte: Site Science



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