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Barry Andrews: Failure to tackle climate change puts unfair burden on the poor – Independent.ie

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This weekend’s Typhoon Haiyan was more severe in every respect and latest estimates suggest that more than 12,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the storm.

The question that returns more and more, as weather patterns become increasingly dynamic, is whether these events can truly be considered “natural disasters” any more. The truth is, these events are not entirely natural but whipped up through our failure to properly confront and tackle the human impact on our weather systems.

And the other awkward truth is that those that contribute most to climate change do not share equally the burden of its effects. Rather it is disproportionately the poorest and most vulnerable who are its victims…

Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com

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Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com

via Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com.

I have known since my early thirties that I was going to give my wealth back to society. The success of Microsoft provided me with an enormous fortune, and I felt responsible for using it in a thoughtful way. I had read a lot about how governments underinvest in basic scientific research. I thought, that’s a big mistake. If we don’t give scientists the room to deepen our fundamental understanding of the world, we won’t provide a basis for the next generation of innovations. I figured, therefore, that I could help the most by creating an institute where the best minds would come to do research….

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