BBC Weatherwatch: John Krebs explains climate change victim compensation

BBC Weatherwatch Sir John Krebs joined Christian Lenk to discuss climate change The Glasgow show attracted 1,500 people, though not all were there to hear climate change experts. The University of St Andrews was…

BBC Weatherwatch: John Krebs explains climate change victim compensation

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Sir John Krebs joined Christian Lenk to discuss climate change

The Glasgow show attracted 1,500 people, though not all were there to hear climate change experts.

The University of St Andrews was the meeting point for campaigners for climate reparations.

Climate change victims

The study has yet to be completed, but it uses statistical models to try to estimate what climate change victims will be paid as compensation.

Many residents of Hamilton will consider themselves victims of climate change and so qualify for reparations, says John Krebs of St Andrews, who, together with Christian Lenk, discussed the issue on the BBC programme.

Many people live below the poverty line due to fuel poverty, lead poisoning and other dangerous exposure problems.

But, say Christian Lenk and John Krebs, they will be paid compensation, much higher than the current mininum wage.

‘It’s fairly green’

Yet more “climate refugees” are also on the way from both poor and rich countries.

A river in Zambia has risen so much that it’s flooding villages far inland.

In Africa, people are moving to high-lying flood plains hoping that they’ll be able to beat the storm surge.

Soil and water are being washed away, animals are being killed, and people are lost to climate change-induced diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea.

But people don’t want “climate loans” to cope with droughts or floods, or are too poor to carry loans.

The “environmental loan”, with low repayments, is already a powerful tool in southern Europe.

“Without it, the poorest people in southern Europe would not be able to survive,” says John Krebs.

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