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Why the poor will notice global warming before the rich

June 22nd, 2013
08:32 AM ET

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Nobel Prize-winning climatologist Richard Alley about why the poor will be more likely to notice the effects of global warming before the rich.

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    ben türkiyeden bu mesajı gönderiyorum ülkemizde yaklaşık yirmi beş gündür süren gezi parkı eylemlerinde polisin orantısız güç gösterisi yüzünden onlarca gencin gözü çıkarıldı dört kişi öldü halen yoğun bakımda olan dilan gibi gençler var bunun yanında binlerce yaralı oldu çocukların bebeklerin üstüne gaz sıkıldı hepimiz psikolojik şiddete uğradık ve baskılar artarak devam ediyor akşam bir belediye başkanımız tecavüze uğrayarak hata işleyen kadının bebeği değil kendi ölsün diyerek kadınların üzerinde şiddet ve ırkçılık yapmaya devam ediyor ve siz susuyorsunuz sizde bir kadınsınız sesimizi duyun lütfen

    June 22, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • Turkish Journal

      Yapilanlar yasadisi gosterilerdir. Kac polis yaralanmistir? Durust olalim lutfen! Bahsettiginiz olaylar yasadisilarin yasal olan polise ve vatandaslara karsi guc gosterisidir. Cunku eylemlerini yasadisiliga tasimislardir.

      June 23, 2013 at 10:59 am | Reply
  2. Dan Pangburn

    The poor will also notice the increase in electricity cost before the rich if the EPA is unleashed on coal fired electricity generation.

    CO2 increase from 1800 to 2001 was 89.5 ppmv (parts per million by volume). The atmospheric carbon dioxide level has now increased since 2001 by 25.46 ppmv (an amount equal to 28.4% of the increase that took place from 1800 to 2001) (1800, 281.6 ppmv; 2001, 371.13 ppmv; May, 2013, 396.59 ppmv).

    The average global temperature trend since 2001 is flat.

    To conclude that CO2 change has a significant effect on average global temperature, one must rationalize that the temperature increase to 2001 was caused by a CO2 increase of 89.5 ppmv but that 25.46 ppmv additional CO2 increase had no effect on the average global temperature trend after 2001.

    Science has discovered that natural climate change has been hiding in plain sight

    June 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  3. Francis mwanzia

    The rich can use the big money tove from place to place and looking for shelters and looking for green places where the climate is not destroyed. The rich eat good diet and buy mineral water. They also buy climatic dresses and dont go on footing like poor , aperson with no food in blood streams becomes sick and feels the change in climate.

    June 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Roy Batty

      Clearly the rich should be stripped of all their wealth. President Obama can spend it on things that are good for us, like Solyndra and windmills and weapons for the rebels in Syria.

      June 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
      • klem

        Exactly. And media journalists let him off the hook ever time.

        June 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
  4. Roy Batty

    If we turn over our economy and our lives to climitist, then the earth will last another 1.29 million years. If we ignore these liberal elitist and ROCK ON, then then earth will only last 1.28 million years. Don't give in to these clowns.

    June 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
    • Rock

      Haha, good one: "rock" on! Oh the Geology jokes! The other funny part was that the earth will only last a little more than a million years! Good one!

      June 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  5. Moh Kan Wu

    No matter poor or rich all of us will gone in the end day of earth.

    June 23, 2013 at 3:53 am | Reply
  6. ramess49

    the rich think at they only money and din't think that there are death at anytime and can to throw them directly to the grave

    June 23, 2013 at 4:42 am | Reply
    • klem

      What the heck does that mean?

      June 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  7. Divine Ajiroba.

    why do the poor always face this problem

    June 23, 2013 at 5:38 am | Reply
    • klem

      Why do the left always kick the poor around?

      June 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  8. m h settelen

    The Economist
    Huffington & ST
    The Chief Climatologists of the G-20 having detected the jump up in CO2 levels around our planet, doubtless have also detected the massive very troubling decrease in Insolation.
    Extremely problematically their political masters, whose eyes glaze over, being unable to do Maxwell's very famous partial differential equations, have infamously 'muzzled' them. Indeed a Cabinet Minister in Ottawa 'blew off' the lead Climate Scientist from Simon Fraser University, which must imply that what has just happened in Calgary is a Biblical event, 'blow back' from the Almighty!
    The Clear & Present remedy, is for the G-8 to lead the G-20 to immediately Electrify all surface transportation & shift all heavy trucking to Electric Rail, light hybrid cars & trucking for local activity being the only exception: Augustus Caesar's Chief Engineer would implement this forthwith, were he here, with us today.
    The Bay of Fundy like (St Malo) contribution of 40-60 GigaWatts
    & the Ethiopia Nile Dam will really help enable this. Furthermore, pipelining raw oil to a region that is undergoing massive Climate Shift (especially today), which 'it itself' brought about, is completely bonkers from a planetary viewpoint!

    June 23, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
    • klem

      "The Bay of Fundy like (St Malo) contribution of 40-60 Gigawatts"

      Wow, 40 – 60 Gigawatts. That sure sounds like a lot. China and India alone are in the process of building 1 Terrawatts of new coal power stations in the next 5 years. 60 Gigawatts is insignificant.

      June 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  9. james

    Oh dear, the myth of the 'Nobel prize winning climatologist' ' lives on.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Rock

      No, I think he really is a nobel winner. He a part of the IPCC group (remember Al Gore?).

      June 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Klem

      The Nobel Peace Prize folks have really gone off the rails in recent years. A couple of years ago they gave Al Gore a Peace Prize for a propaganda movie. The following year they gave the US President a Peace Prize even though he had hardly been in office only a few months and was at war in two countries at the same time. The Nobel folks have embarrassed themselves.

      July 2, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
  10. TheLightCameDown

    The ones who have the most money overuse everything. Their and/or any other unnatural demand causes prices to be higher for things such as fuel (basic requirement), to those who can least afford it. If everyone shared more from the excess they have, with those in need, this planet would be a different place. Now, greed and the frenzy consumption of mostly unnecessary desires, drives a planet to starvation and unnatural death by machines. When did legitimate SELF DEFENSE completely turn into the largest employer, in the world, an aggressive force, even willing to arm opposing sides for Corporation gain?

    June 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  11. DLS

    The poor will notice it because the rich can afford air conditioning.

    June 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  12. Belayneh Kassa Wubie

    The riches can withstand the hardship of global warming with the help of their money but the poors have no choice than suffer! Even most rich individuals may fly to safe planets, who knows!

    July 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
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