With the release of the last report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”), it is clear that climate change is already a reality, and future warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels is probably unavoidable. As gradually warming temperatures lead to stronger storms, longer droughts, and more frequent flooding, communities all over the world must adapt to this new reality. The blame for climate change, however, is not spread equally throughout the world, and the impacts of a warmer climate will not be spread equally either. The developed nations, which are most responsible for the carbon emissions warming the climate, have a moral obligation to help less developed nations adapt.
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