Air pollution in China currently kills AT LEAST 25 a month ... It is AT LEAST 000 times more than the coronavirus ... See calculations here: pollution-air/oms-la-pollution-de-l-air-7-millions-de-morts-en-2012-t13166-10.html#p382714
Global warming will claim hundreds of millions of lives in the coming decades!
Yet we fight the corona ... uh the coron ... es! WHY?
Will an ecological dictatorship be necessary to save the climate? Some people are asking the question ... And this may be THE main lesson to be learned from the coronavirus crisis!
Debate: Are dictatorships more effective in fighting global warming?
Some are convinced: authoritarian regimes, in particular China, would be better equipped than democracies to take the necessary measures and stop global warming. In partnership with the Film Festival and forum International Human Rights Center (FIFDH), Courrier international helps you to disentangle the true from the false.
Asia is responsible for the major part of CO2 emissions in the world: China leads the most polluting countries, India is in third position and Japan, South Korea and Indonesia are among the first twelve. But Asian populations are also the most vulnerable to climate disasters. Glaciers are melting in Tibet, the rains on which farmers depend are less predictable, storms are becoming more violent and rising sea levels threaten large cities like Jakarta, Manila, Bombay and Shanghai.
Overall, governments in this part of the world recognize the magnitude of the problem, with the unfortunate exception of Australia, whose conservative government rejects climate responsibility [it was pinned again at the start year, for its slowness to react to the forest fires ravaging the country]. Its refusal to show the way by reducing its emissions only reinforces a thesis increasingly supported both by Asian environmentalists and by autocrats smelling there a means of serving their interests, according to which a crisis as serious as global warming (assuming that it is of human origin) can only be mitigated by resorting to the solid grip of an authoritarian regime. Because democracies, where special interests prevail and the reluctance of voters to make difficult choices, are out of breath and escape the task.
China, green leader by default
Suite: https://www.courrierinternational.com/a ... hauffement
Source (in English): https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/09/ ... ate-change
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