Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic hit their highest ever recorded June temperatures on Wednesday – with more records anticipated to fall as the heat continues to rise in the coming days. Some nations, including France and Switzerland, are expected to see levels above 40C (104F) on Thursday.
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Rich people will save themselves while poor people will suffer in an impending “climate apartheid,” a UN expert has warned. As the destructive effects of climate change take hold, poorer people will be left to bear the worst of the environment’s decay even though they have created the least emissions, a report by UN envoy Philip Alston has warned. ‘Many will have to choose between starvation and migration’ Mr Alston, who is the special rapporteur on extreme poverty, created a report advising the UN on the social impact of climate change. In the document submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, the special rapporteur on extreme poverty said developing nations will suffer at least 75 per cent of the costs of climate change even though they generate 10 per cent of the emissions. Those “who have contributed the least to emissions… will be the most harmed,” he warned.
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Nicky Hawkins – communications strategist for the FrameWorks Institute. My organisation studies how we respond to and are shaped by the stories the we hear. I welcome the renewed energy within the climate movement – and the recognition of the power of language. But I fear we risk underplaying the part of “the truth” that could set us free. Most people in the UK know climate change is a big problem. We understand it poses a grave threat to the future of our world. But we’re not trying to save ourselves – at least, we’re not trying hard enough. Communications science offers some clues as to why we might be locked in this collective paralysis – somewhat able to see the problem but unable to deal with it. Our brains are hardwired to jump to conclusions without us noticing we’re doing it. When faced with serious and complex challenges such as climate change, we jump to “can’t be done” more readily than “let’s work through this problem and see the solutions”. While bleak, “nothing can be done” is a more rewarding conclusion because it’s quicker and easier to think. Research is clear that to overcome fatalism and inspire change we must balance talk of urgency with talk of efficacy – the ability to get a job done. Too little urgency and “why bother?” is the default response. Too much crisis and we become overwhelmed, fatalistic or disbelieving – or a disjointed mixture of all three, which is where most of us get stuck when anyone talks about climate change. To help us avoid the worst effects of climate change we need a steady stream of stories that bring to life our capacity to dream big and get things done. We need high doses of creativity and ingenuity from a wide range of different voices. We need stories that show real life – and real life as it could be. We need to be able to see, feel and taste what we could do if leaders led and hope triumphed.
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