When Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, it did more than rip off roofs and topple power lines: It destabilized every aspect of life for more than three million residents. As the new hurricane season begins on June 1, we all want to know: Where are the billions in federal money that can help rebuild and heal the island?
The carbon footprint of the world’s one billion poorest people represents just 3 percent of the global total. Yet as climate change advances, poor communities are hardest hit. Not only do we have a responsibility to avoid doing harm to others, we must help them adapt.
Critics suggest the Paris Agreement lets countries like China and India off the hook. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Well into the evening in frigid Katowice, the world’s national governments concluded the latest global climate summit with a decision that made measurable headway—while leaving many others frustrated with its lack of visionary boldness.
Climate change is already wreaking havoc across our planet and the world’s climate scientists just warned us that it can get much, much worse.
Oxfam and its local partners are ready to respond to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Typhoon Ompong, if needed. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council estimates that 4.3 million people live in the projected path of this destructive storm.
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Southeastern coast of the US, more than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders. Oxfam is closely monitoring the path and impact of Florence, and will be making a determination about where resources could make the most helpful impact for those affected.