President Barack Obama has made climate change one of the priorities of his presidency. Given the current congressional climate where Republicans have control of both legislative chambers, Obama has had to take action on climate change through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
During a recent interview with British naturalist David Attenborough, the president acknowledged that climate change action requires a global solution. “If just one country is doing the right thing, but other countries are not, then we’re not going to solve the problem. We’re going to have to have a global solution to this,” he said.
Obama is smart to make climate change a priority, as a recent independent report commissioned by G7 members shows. “Climate change is a global threat to security in the 21st century,” the report states. Quick action is needed to limit the future risks that climate change poses.
What are those future risks? The report identifies seven of them, and calls them “compound climate-fragility risks.” Let’s take a closer look at those risks:
Three key policy sectors are identified to help states and societies mitigate climate change: climate change adaptation programs, development and humanitarian aid programs, and peace-building and conflict prevention programs.
Will countries of the world unite to mitigate climate change? Replacing the Kyoto Protocol has proved to be difficult. However, there are signs that the world is finally realizing just how serious climate change is and the importance of mitigating it. Politco recently reported that China appears to be ready to set a more ambitious climate change policy. If China does move up its timeline for peaking carbon emissions, the whole world will be better off as it is the No. 1 emitter of greenhouse gases.
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Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.