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'Pathetic' UN Security Council: "Climate Change Not Our Issue" | Care2 Causes

'Pathetic' UN Security Council: "Climate Change Not Our Issue" | Care2 Causes

The United Nations Security Council today declined to accept that climate change was a matter of peace and international security. The New York Times reports that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice was vociferous about her colleagues lack of action, saying, “This is more than disappointing. It’s pathetic.” This is the first time since 2007 that the Council has considered a statement on climate change. It was brought to debate by Germany, which presides over the Security Council this month. While the Council declined to accept climate change as part of its purview, the final statement after the debate noted, “concern that possible adverse effects of climate change may, in the long run, aggravate certain existing threats to international peace and security.” UN Environmental Program head Achim Steiner warned that recent crises, such as the famine in Somalia, show that “our...

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