There is another complex relationship between people giving to charitable organisations, those living in dire poverty, the charities themselves which help vulnerable communities, and the Governments who give permission for charities to work in their countries.
firstly, the extent of poverty may be such that people have no means to migrate elsewhere, and so become trapped in ever poorer circumstances; secondly, those who do have the means will be more likely to migrate to improve their situation, rather than to wait for circumstances to get better. This latter may influence those countries who wish to move from a rural to an urban economy for greater prosperity. Migration as a solution to dire poverty is a problem which has to be faced across the world because of the effects of warming temperatures.
Individual extreme weather events bring home society’s vulnerabilities in coping with climate change. We cannot stop these events, but we need to be better prepared to deal with them. This is obvious to the NOAA as well as scientists around the world. The Paris Agreement and COP 23 attest to that.
Reducing the future risk of extreme weather means reducing greenhouse gas emissions - and working to minimise changes that are already under way.
This blog was started by the Monday Group - which was set up in April 2016. Each item contains a link back to its source, where more information can be found. Comments are welcome