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Tue May 14, 2019, 11:33 PM

Tax carbon, not people: UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific 'frontline'

Source: The Guardian

Tax carbon, not people: UN chief issues climate plea from Pacific 'frontline'

Antonio Guterres hears from leaders at Fiji summit who warn region is facing ‘an unprecedented global catastrophe’

Kate Lyons
Wed 15 May 2019 04.14 BST Last modified on Wed 15 May 2019 04.23 BST

Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.

Antonio Guterres met leaders of Pacific countries in Fiji, on a trip that will also see him visit Vanuatu, considered one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters due to climate change, and Tuvalu, which is at risk of sinking under rising waters.

Speaking after meetings in Suva on Wednesday, Guterres acknowledged the region was “on the frontline of climate change” and its people were “important allies in the fight against it”.

“Here in the Pacific, sea-level rise in some countries is four times greater than the global average and is an existential threat to some island states,” he said.

“My messages to governments around the world from the Pacific are clear: first, shift taxes from salaries to carbon. Tax pollution, not people. Second, stop subsidising fossil fuels. Taxpayer money should not be used to boost hurricanes, spread drought and heatwaves, melt glaciers, and bleach corals. Third, stop building new coal plants by 2020.”


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/15/tax-carbon-not-people-un-chief-issues-climate-plea-from-pacific-frontline

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mr_lebowski May 2019 #1

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Wed May 15, 2019, 12:11 AM

1. Can someone please explain to me how 'sea level rise' can be 4X higher in one place than average?

What is the physics involved here?

I can see it happening temporarily, as it does during hurricanes or whatnot, but how can a particular area like 'the sea around the island of Vanuatu' ... consistently rise 4X higher than the global average ... given the nature of ... you know ... water, and it's tendency to find a level?

I legit do not understand, and I feel like a great many people would read this and say "Um ... that sounds like bullshit"

That being said, I agree with the UN SG!!!
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