Climate change means that an additional 120 million people will be living in poverty by 2030, the United Nations (UN) said in a report published on Tuesday.
The rich in society could in the long run still be able to pay to get away from the heat while the rest was hit by it, according to the UN. The poor would be faced with a choice; starve or emigrate.
According to the UN, if the goals of the climate agreement are achieved in Paris, that is still insufficient. "That leaves millions of people who are already living in poverty," said a spokesperson.
The report cites Hurricane Sandy, which left a great havoc in 2012 in New York. While the Goldman Sachs headquarters in Manhattan were protected by tens of thousands of sandbags, tens of thousands of poor people were without electricity and care for weeks.
Researchers from Stanford University presented a report in April that concluded that climate change is creating a larger income gap in and between countries. The UN reiterates that conclusion and calls for "more awareness".
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