How do we reshape society to curb climate change, but without harming the poor and spreading unemployment? The first industrial revolution caused massive social, political and economic upheaval. A report says that if today’s politicians want to keep their jobs while creating a new and cleaner revolution, they’ll need to avoid pushing workers in polluting industries on to the dole. They’ll also have to shelter poor people from the costs of home insulation, zero-carbon heating and electric cars. These principles are known in climate parlance as a “just transition”. Several countries are studying how best to make it happen. In the UK so far, there is no overarching government strategy for achieving this seismic shift. But worldwide, many governments are striving to make the transition away from coal without harming society. Across the broader UK, the same principles will apply to all heavy industries that currently rely on fossil fuels – including cement, chemicals and steel. Many jobs are involved. But ministers might learn from a report set to be launched next week, which attempts to chart a path towards a just transition of the Scottish economy. Scotland is attracting global attention because it aims to be the first nation to abandon oil and gas too. BBC News has toured Scotland hearing stories from people whose lives could be reshaped by this industrial transformation.
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People in some of the world’s poorest countries are receiving as little as $1 each a year to help them cope with the impacts of the climate crisis, despite rich countries’ promises to provide assistance. Climate finance is intended to help developing countries cut greenhouse gases and protect their people from the consequences of climate breakdown, and forms a core part of the Paris agreement. Rich countries pledged more than 10 years ago to provide £100bn a year to the poor by 2020, but it is not certain that these commitments are being met.
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