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Climate change emerging as one of the biggest threats to global security, UN warns

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The United Nations (UN) has warned that climate change is emerging as one of the biggest threats to global security through its direct impact on Earth including rapidly receding Arctic sea ice, drought in the Middle East and a major heatwave in Australia.

According to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) natural disasters like drought and heatwaves are directly related to the changing climate. California has been under severe drought for months followed by torrential rains and flooding and these events according to UNFCCC scientists are directly related to climate change.

Former US National Security Advisor Richard Clarke recently said climate change is the greatest single risk to California – and to the US – and rising seas are likely to provoke chaos, potentially displacing millions of people.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to gear up and stand side by side in support for the Paris climate agreement that could help us tackle climate change and will enable us to pave a way that leads to a low carbon world that is highly resilient.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa believes that climate change is the “threat multiplier that worsens social, economic and environmental pressures, leading to social upheaval and possible even violent conflict”.

She added that if we do not act now and fail to reduce emissions and work towards building capacity that will help us tackle the impact of these emissions over the long term, climate change will result in more disruption, more instability and more displacement as impacts intensify.

“The world will be less stable, less secure… We must redouble our efforts or this story will have a dramatically different ending.”

Earlier this week, the head of OPEC reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to tackling climate change.

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