Heavily Polluted Air of Birmingham Wikimedia Commons

Koolstofreuzen en Klimaatjustitie

BONN – Een baanbrekende studie die in november werd gepubliceerd onthult dat de activiteiten van slechts 90 producenten van kolen, olie, gas en cement – de koolstofreuzen gedoopt – 63% van alle CO2-uitstoot sinds de industriële revolutie veroorzaakt hebben.

Het rapport werd slechts een paar weken nadat tyfoon Haiyan (lokaal Yolanda geheten) door de Tacloban-regio van de Filipijnen raasde gepresenteerd. Met ongekende windsnelheden van 315 km/u doodde de storm 6300 mensen, maakte er vier miljoen dakloos en veroorzaakte meer dan 2 miljard dollar aan schade.

Haiyan en de verwoesting die ze met zich mee bracht fungeerden als een strijdoproep voor de afgevaardigden op de daaropvolgende Klimaattop van de Verenigde Naties in Warschau. Ze kwamen als reactie overeen een internationaal mechanisme op te zetten om het verlies en de schade gerelateerd aan klimaatverandering op te vangen, en dat wordt ingezet in landen die niet in staat zijn om zich aan te passen aan of zichzelf te beschermen tegen de ernstigste gevolgen van de opwarming van de aarde,

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