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بين القلم واغتيال الكلمات


للكلمة ثمن…

Freedom of speech

كم من الجثث استلقت على هذه الارض وكم من اشخاص علقت مشانقها بين الارض والسماء وكم من الارواح صعدت. فبقيت احلام المتفائل معلقة على لوائح المهاجرين.

لكن نحن بقينا هنا، حاولنا…ومازلنا.
نحن اصحاب الاحلام المنسية في بقاع الوطن. نحن الاعداد المجهولة في صفحة كتاب بلا عنوان في وطن سلب منا جميع حقوقنا الإنسانية.
مازلنا قابعون في زوايا حكايات المجد المركونة في داخلنا. لا احد يسمع صرخات القهر التي تسكن قلوبنا.
نحن المنسيُّون بلا كتفٍ ولا سند. مكتئبون نجلسُ على حافةِ العمر، نحتسي اخر فنخان قهوة مرة، ننظر نحو السماء من خلف قضبان النافذة في عتمة الليل بانتظار وطن. نحن اصحاب الكلمة المستهدفة من الجميع. الفئة المقموعة والممنوعة من إلقاء حتى كلمة.


ايها الساجدون على سجاد الصلاة في الغروب كيف يحيا الصباح والنور في وجدان الأمة النائمة؟

Angel Siblani


أيّها العالم الخلفي نحن اصبحنا خلفكم بأشواط، نحنُ الذين نُسينا هنا، خلف الجدار الفاصل بين الله وعباده.
فليشهدَ اللهُ أنه لم تصبنا لعنة الضعف أبداً.

واللهِ انا كنا كالحجارة َالثابتة، كالشوك المالح وكالصخر الصلب. وما كنا لينا كريح دافئة الا لنحمل الوعي. علنا نحيا بهذا اللين. كنا نسير ونركض في الشوارع الخالية نصرخ ونردد اغنية الحب والحرية لننشر الفرح في قلوب اليائسين.

فليشهد الله انا كنا اطيب من ان نجرح احد واهدأ من ان يلقى بنا في سرداب المدينة التائهة.
كانت قلوبنا ثابتة تسير بعين الله، صابرة على مصائبها. حتى اصبحنا ننتشل جثث اطفالنا واجساد اصدقاء الدرب المدهوسة في اطراف الشوارع.

لقد كنا هناك في أكثرِ الاوطان اخضراراً، حباً وترابطاً ،نغفو بلا أذى ،ونصحو على صدى الحرية.
وطن هي امي، منفاي وملاجئي. فأينما حللتُ حلّتْ معي. امسك يدها وتمسك بي، تدور بي في الحقل المزهر فيطير فستاني الذي حيكته بيديها، تزرع على وجهي الضحكة وفي قلبي الأمل وازرع على نهديها الامان وابني من عينها مرقدي والسلام.
احتلنا الظلام فجأة وحجب ضوء الشمس.
كنّا هناك نحيا بالحب، لا نكرهُ ولا نُكرَه، لا نقتلُ ولا نُقتَل ونبغضُ الشرَّ ونأمل بالعافية، حتى نما مِن أَعماقِ ارضنا السوداءِ سَرطانٌ مُظلِمٌ يُقالُ عنه الفساد. كان يحتّل ابنية الحُبِّ بأسلحةِ الكُره يشعل النار في زرعنا ثم يزرع الشر في أرض بور قاحلة. لقد سرق اثارنا وتراثنا. كما ضحكتنا وفرحنا.

مضينا نتخبط، نسابقُ الزمنَ لِكي نبقى هنا كي نشهد شروق الشمس من خلف الكواليس، نرفض ان يفرض علينا الغروب.
لا ندري كيف يُزرع في رصاص الغدر زهر، كيف نبدل بنادق القهر والذل الى رحمة واسعة. ولا ندري إن كان مَن يأتي ليقرأ بعض كلماتنا سيتفهم ويتقبل منا ويعذر يأسنا.

دفعنا ثمن كلمة الحق ثمنا باهظا. فليشهد من يقرأ ظلال الاحرف المقموعة اننا كنا نحارب الظلم بقلم حر لا ينتسب الى أحد ولا يطمح بربوبية التبعية ابدا فنال الظالم منا.
انتصرنا على الريح لكن العواصف اغتالت حريتنا ولم يبقى لنا ما نحيا به في وطن دهس بنعليه على قلمنا وشتت احلامنا وشرذم كلماتنا

فـ هاجرنا كما وطن هذا الوطن… لكن قلوبنا مازالت قابعة خلف نوافذ الحرية تترقب شروق الشمس ونترقب بكلماتنا زوال الظلم عسى ان تتحقق احلامنا.
حتماً.. القاتل يرعبه الفكر الحر

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Climate

It’s time to breathe


EnviMentalist by Angel Siblani

Are we at war?
-Yes, almost
Coronavirus?

  • Absolutely! No… It’s more than Controlling over the minds of world generations. It’s the coronation of Leadership battle.
    You may not have noticed it’s a war to the death, because your enemy is invisible, it’s a war of combat, a war without bombs or bullets.
    It had exactly one purpose: conquering your cells and turning them into factories so that they can create more viruses.
    In the past decades it was known as “The battle of real warriors.”

How to win this damm war?

Do with less so they have enough.

WWII PROPAGANDA POSTER

What do you mean?

Nothing, this was WWII propaganda poster.

So?

So it’s time to dive deeper.
Nowadays, You have more time for your soul to breathe.

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Climate

Is it still possible to take action!


EnviMentalist 21.11.20
Angel Siblani

Lebanon Climate equation

It is still possible Lebanon have long been aware of the need to protect the natural resources. The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming extremely dangerous. Most of the observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, that are caused by human activities. Climate change is affecting our lives on every continent. It is disrupting our national economies and affecting our societies. Serious actions have been made by most governments around the world, they spent considerable time and effort in recent years to develop plans to chart a safer and more sustainable future for their citizens. Taking these on board now as part of recovery planning can help the world build back better from the current crisis. Shifting to Lebanon, Whether as Lebanese or foreign as we are, such issues are probably not intended to be heard by the authorities, there are more important things in priority than climate issues. Actually, this project is mainly not considered as dangerous indication compared with what Lebanon is particularly passing through. Anyways, there are MUCH MORE easy different ways to kill lebanese people other than the fact of the world pollution and the VIP climate aspects. With respect to environment and climate control, lebanese politicians would only take advantages over actions if the issue required money in return to their own personal beneficial levels. If we could summarize what to expect from Lebanese government in aiding the environmental life or the way to make a health care reform and how could they protect climate criminals. It’s clearly with out any hesitant.. Expect nothing. What cost less gives more value to their beneficial levels. But you have to take in consideration the benefits of such tools that might allow political parties get involved in the world climate care, only if this program will allow them steal more money from the public sectors and citizens. As countries move toward rebuilding their economies after COVID-19, recovering from the pandemic by creating new plans suitable to the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, safe and more resilient. Lebanon is far away from the current crisis, since there’s no way for available opportunities, systematic profound, or organized shift in order to breathe again. Moreover, there is no sustainable economy that can be used to treat the Lebanese societies or even at least to work for both people and the planet.

Enviroment and Climate

It is still possible..
Lebanon have long been aware of the need to protect the natural resources. The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becom


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It’s not about how folks narrowed down the edge of the high risk of climate war in the past decades.

Beyond time and space

Climate change is one of the biggest global threats to all living beings health. It’s a very common that many people do not know how this crisis can control their life time.
Climate change is worst issue that counts over the health life of the new generations. To be clear, if actions are taken lightly then it may save the life of some newly born babies that will suffer from hundreds of chronic diseases in their future.
droughts, fires, the death of animal and plant species, floods from rivers and lakes, and the destruction of the food chain and economic resources, especially in developing countries.
For example in the rate of rainfall lead to crop failure and increase in food prices, is thr cause of food insecurity and food deprivation for the poor, which may destroy the livelihoods, increasing migration worldwide, crimes and conflicts, imal addition it can also play a role in curbing opportunities for children and young people.
Talking about climate change from time to time is like a boosting for our humanity as well as a way to spot the fact behind the dangerous threats that also effects the world economy and kill thousands of people in poor areas that suffers and urgently require higher standards to support their needs and maintain a real local food programs especially during the covid19 infection and it’s effects on life in general.
Climate change is a limitless global challenge and combating that requires coordinated action by all countries, and many people do not know what that means, either because of unreliable sources or deliberate wrong information, which led to a series of myths about Climate change.
Heat waves, cold waves, forest fires, droughts, river floods, coastal floods, and storms are all around the world nowadays.
All studies have shown that climate effects are dangerous than Coronavirus disease and its worse than any other pandemic. Most studies shows that gas emissions and other pollutions played a role in changing the environmental life cycle.
Due to severe weather conditions The number of deaths due to is willing to increase from 3 thousand people annually between 1981- 2010, to 152 thousand people annually, during the period between 2071- 2100.
Would you imagine the future life without lights because of the high level of polluted air and environment?
Global warming is a natural process by which the atmosphere retains some of the sun’s heat, allowing the Earth to maintain the conditions necessary to host life, and without the effect of global warming, the average temperature of the planet would be -180 ° C.
The problem is that daily human activities increase the effect of global warming, which is causing the planet to warm up even further. The biggest threat to the environment and the planet’s biodiversity in the coming decades is the increase in the rates of climate change, due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases generated by humans in the atmosphere, and human population growth can overwhelm efforts to combat climate change.
If the necessary efforts are not made to combat the problem, heat waves will cause 99 percent of weather related deaths, studies show that the climate change would kill up to 152,000 people in Europe annually by 2100.
According to Unicef Approximately 785 million people lack basic water services. By 2040, 600 million children are expected to live in areas where water demand exceeds the available resources. Without action now, climate change will exacerbate the inequality that children already face, and future generations will suffer.
It’s time to take action…

Angel EL SIBLANI

Instagram and More


Grap Your Spot

Instagram can be a huge support for your business and a great extension of your brand. It is an amazing platform to expand audience base, generate more followers, and build a community of loyal customers, not only to get followes but also to recommend your brand to your friends, Colleagues and Customers.

10 ways to get real followers and likes on Instagram

As journalist, this was a new territory, it was a little bit different, especially when I started learning how to get engaged with my business Instagram tools to grow my blogs, my goal was just to grow Instagram followers organically. I had a lot of questions concerning this, since I had no idea about the potential of using social media tricks and hacks.

I was totally new to Instagram, and growing followers was not in my wheelhouse. My goal was just to get a few numbers of real followers in the first month and I ended up doubling my goal.
To be fair, I was always pretty reluctant about using Instagram to grow my business, because I wasn’t sure how it worked. I used to be so active on other platforms like Facebook and pinterest.

Before getting on board with Instagram, I did tons of researches. Most of people were recommending buying likes and followers, or to use follow and unfollow techniques. Although buying followers is not considered illegal and doesn’t go against the Instagram terms but to me buying likes and building my account based on fake engagement is totally worth to grow Instagram followers organically. What really matters to a Journalist is showing trustable references and real evidences, that’s why buying fake likes was not helpful at all.

Am not Instagram guru, I just wanted to share some tips to help those who feel stuck wondering how to grow their Instagram followers organically.
The most important thing you can do to grow your Instagram account in 2020 is to engage with other users in the comment section AND through DMs.

Don’t just leave fire and emojis! Take time to leave meaningful comments on posts. Also, read through the comments and answer the questions, let your domain experience be shown through replying, it build up trust and make the engagement process more important and easier, you will be more likely to find new ideas and suggestions for your company. It will be like entertainment business development. You will get engaged with other societies, new thoughts, new ideas and experiences. Not only that, but you will notice a significant increase in your website traffic.

The first thing that you see when you open Instagram is the number of posts, followers, and following. When you maintain a business profile for your brand on Instagram, sustaining a heavy volume of followers, likes, and comments is important. The number of likes on your posts is directly proportional to the credibility and likability of your Instagram content. Your stats are your first opportunity to build a credible profile and attract the followers enough to make them hit the follow button. More the number of followers more is the volume of likes and comments on your posts and vice versa.

When customers or readers see your Instagram feeds displayed on your official websites/events/digital signage, it will build trust and they become more curious to socialize your presence. There are so many tools that help you get more likes on Instagram posts. The Most Amazing Tools to Get Paid and Free Instagram Likes on Your Posts.

let’s start, check the Tools and Tricks
Here are 10 of the most amazing Instagram tools that would help you to get free Instagram likes, comments, and shares on Instagram stories and improve engagement.

  1. Iconosquare

It is a social media management tool that schedule and manage social media activities and helps maintaining an influential presence and constant flow of followers to the account and thus it helps you to boost the number of likes your posts get.
Its comprehensive analytics feature lets you have the insights like total followers, total likes, reach, average engagement rate, most recent media from, most recent stories from, gained & lost followers, and more.
Iconosquare also lets you gain more followers and likes by suggesting the best time to post on the platform.
Under Analytics Engagement, Best Times to Post, you’ll find the best times to post your Instagram content based on your engagement rates.
Check Iconosquare

  1. Taggbox

Instagram Walls are a great way to draw more likes and followers to your Instagram profile. Taggbox is an incredible and amazing social media tool. It lets you customize your Instagram feeds to make them look more attractive and engaging. You can also filter and curate your Instagram content to maintain the quality standards before displaying it to the target audience. Its analytics feature allows you to track the engagement of users with your Instagram posts. You can also check the likeliness of your posts with the unique Sentiment Analysis.

It is a Social Media aggregator and display tool which fascinate more likes on Instagram by helping in displaying your Instagram content to your target audience through mediums other than the Instagram platform and to display your Instagram posts through an Instagram Feeds Wall on a digital screen at any event or digital signage.
You can embed Instagram posts on your websites or blogs to share your social side with visitors while they are staying on your website.
UGC is engaging. It compels your audience to interact with it by following, liking, and commenting on your Instagram stories. Also, it encourages your other users to post similar content on social media using your brand hashtag, which you can repost as your brand’s UGC post.
Check Taggbox

  1. InstaBoostGram

It is the tool of Celebrities. Instaboostgram is an experienced social media promotion company. Brands, businesses, and celebrities are increasing the number of followers through different marketing strategies. You can win the number game against your marketing competitors and increase the real Instagram followers and likes with the help of our services.
Check Instaboostgram

  1. Combin

A smart Instagram marketing tool. Actually it works when you like someone’s post for the first time, there is a high probability that they might view your profile, seeing a new admirer in their notification tab. If your profile is strong and influential, they will follow you back, thus earning you real and genuine followers who actually engage with your posts by liking and commenting on them. Thus allowing you to strengthen your marketing efforts further. It helps you to
Grow a strong Instagram profile and build an influential presence over the internet.
Discover influencers to promote your brand and real followers to engage with your posts, which makes the overall communication and engagement easy and hassle-free.
Manage your Instagram followers and followings in one single tab.
Detect who doesn’t follow you back and gives you the capability to unfollow them collectively in a batch.
Tracks the accounts you have unfollowed and notifies you if mistakenly you have followed them back.
Attract more followers by allowing you to like and comment on their posts; thus, you can expect them to reciprocate the favor. Check Combin

  1. Word Swag App

If you wish to maintain a steady flow of followers, likes, and comments, then it demands as amazing content as well.
It is an easy-to-use tool and a great addition to your Instagram marketing tools kit. You can add amazing texts, quotes, and stimulate the overall content quality on your Instagram profile.
Instagram is a visually appealing social media platform. helps you
Create eye-catching visual content. Stunning visuals on your profile make your Instagram presence stronger.
Enhance the quality of your Instagram posts. Check Wordswag

  1. Instazood

Typical web-based Instagram bot. It includes features like automatic liking and commenting. It comes with an option to directly message people automatically to the people who are interested in your profile and might follow you back.
It tracks and analyzes the hashtags that you have been following to get an insight into your taste, interest, and targeted demographics.
It comes with a decent support system that gives you excellent technical assistance.
It comes with an affordable monthly charge and offers you amazing features that help you fetch more likes on Instagram. Check Instazood

  1. FanBump

It is an Instagram management tool. It follows a custom-tailored approach to expose your Instagram profile to 1,00,000+ Instagram users out there and ensures real and organic growth, unlike other tools that fetch fake followers for you with zero engagement overall. Genuine marketing tactics are used to attract real and original Instagram users. It automates your entire process of growing your profile stronger so that you can focus on creating engaging and creative content.
IT helps you
Grow your Instagram profile safe and fast..
Get relevant and real followers for your profile.
Fetch more engagement on your profile in terms of likes and comments.
The tool works by defining your target audience.
helps you to filter in the relevant followers, and hence the engagement that follows.
It is followed by engaging with the target audience by liking, commenting, and sharing their content so that they notice you via their notifications.
It allow you reach thousands of relevant Instagram users that are likely to follow you back and engage with your content by liking and sharing it. Check Fanbump

  1. Instato Instagram automation and management tool. One of the best ways to grow your follower base and networking on Instagram. It basically is an Instagram bot that automates and manages- like, comment, follow, unfollow, DM, and post for your Instagram profile. Its auto-like feature automates the liking feature for you.
    It saves time. You can use this feature to target followers and hashtags on Instagram.
    Other features like auto-comment, auto-direct message, auto-repost, and others also helps you to automate the entire process of growing your network on Instagram.
    It helps you automate the whole process of growing your profile and building an influential Instagram presence with real followers.
    You can manage multiple Instagram accounts using this tool.
    Plan your creative content, schedule it, monitor the top hashtags and locations, and respond to comments with ease using its social monitoring feature.
    Helping you to grow your network with relevant Instagram users. It is Similarly, it also comes with an auto-unfollow feature too, that helps you unfollow those accounts who aren’t following you. Check Instato
  2. Trusy Social

It is a tool to scale up and monetize your Instagram presence and influence. It automates the entire process by liking, commenting, and sharing the Instagram posts of your target Instagram profiles, thus making you noticeable in their notification tab.
It helps you
Grow your Instagram network, thus fetching you more user engagement like likes, comments, and shares.
Track the hashtags and posts you follow on Instagram and hence, defines your niche audience.
It helps you to grow your Instagram presence by connecting with authentic Instagram accounts and drive engagement on your profiles. Check Trusy

  1. Ingramer

Ingramer is your Instagram Growth assistant, which helps you get real followers, likes, comments, and shares.
It comes with amazing features like auto-likes, automating direct messages, auto-follow and unfollow feature, post scheduling, auto commenting, and many other Instagram tool features. It also comes with the amazing feature of generating hashtags that you could use for your Instagram content as captions to maximize your target reach.

The Best Instagram Captions and Selfie Quotes for Your Photos

When your hashtag is relevant, it targets the correct audience on Instagram, which genuinely interacts with your content by liking and commenting on it. Check Instagramer

  1. Jarvee

Jarvee is a social media automation software that lets you automate all your Instagram and all other accounts. It comes with amazing features like post scheduling, auto-reposting, auto-follow, follow-back, auto-unfollow, auto-like, auto-comment, delete posts, contact prospects, managing of your direct messages, hashtag research, block followers, discover and target users, manage, like, and delete comments, save posts, proxy support, data importing, and spin syntax.
It can be easily used to automate your growth process on Instagram and other platforms.
Help you to get more followers, more clicks, more likes, more comments, more shares, and hence, more traffic on your Instagram profile. Check Jarvee

Angel Siblani
angel@mediagatewizard.info

Climate change


News on Climate Change

Back to 2018 climate change news

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

By CNN Science
Saturday, November 24, 2018

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars — or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP — by the end of the century.

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.

David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was “no external interference in the report’s development.” He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

“The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities,” Easterling said.

Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

It’s the second of two volumes. The first, released in November 2017, concluded that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for the changing climate other than “human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases.”

The report’s findings run counter to President Donald Trump’s consistent message that climate change is a hoax.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” as some Americans faced the coldest Thanksgiving in over a century.

But the science explained in these and other federal government reports is clear: Climate change is not disproved by the extreme weather of one day or a week; it’s demonstrated by long-term trends. Humans are living with the warmest temperatures in modern history. Even if the best-case scenario were to happen and greenhouse gas emissions were to drop to nothing, the world is on track to warm 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

As of now, not a single G20 country is meeting climate targets, research shows.

Without significant reductions in greenhouse emissions, the annual average global temperature could increase 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) or more by the end of this century, compared with preindustrial temperatures, the report says.

The expense

The costs of climate change could reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually, according to the report. The Southeast alone will probably lose over a half a billion labor hours by 2100 due to extreme heat.

Farmers will face extremely tough times. The quality and quantity of their crops will decline across the country due to higher temperatures, drought and flooding. In parts of the Midwest, farms will be able to produce less than 75% of the corn they produce today, and the southern part of the region could lose more than 25% of its soybean yield.

Heat stress could cause average dairy production to fall between 0.60% and 1.35% over the next 12 years — having already cost the industry $1.2 billion from heat stress in 2010.

When it comes to shellfish there will be a $230 million loss by the end of the century due to ocean acidification, which is already killing off shellfish and corals. Red tides, or algae bloom that deplete oxygen in the water and can kill sea life — like those that triggered a state of emergency in Florida in August — will become more frequent.

Impacts on our health

Higher temperatures will also kill more people, the report says. The Midwest alone, which is predicted to have the largest increase in extreme temperature, will see an additional 2,000 premature deaths per year by 2090.

There will be more mosquito- and tickborne diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya. West Nile cases are expected to more than double by 2050 due to increasing temperatures.

Expect asthma and allergies to be worse due to climate change.

No one’s health is immune from climate change, the report concludes. People will be exposed to more foodborne and waterborne diseases. Particularly vulnerable to higher temperatures in the summer, children, the elderly, the poor and communities of color will be at a much greater risk for illness and death.

Heat and flooding

Wildfire seasons — already longer and more destructive than before — could burn up to six times more forest area annually by 2050 in parts of the United States. Burned areas in Southwestern California alone could double by 2050.

Dependable and safe water for the Hawaii, the Caribbean and others are threatened by these rising temperatures.

Along the US coasts, public infrastructure and $1 trillion in national wealth held in real estate are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding and storm surges.

Energy systems will be taxed, meaning more blackouts and power failures, and the potential loss in some sectors could reach hundreds of billions of dollars per year by the end of the century, the report said.

The number of days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will multiply; Chicago, where these days are rare, could start to resemble Phoenix or Las Vegas, with up to two months worth of these scorching-hot days.

Sea levels have already gone up 7 to 8 inches since 1900. Almost half that rise has been since 1993, a rate of rise greater than during any century in the past 2,800 years. Some countries are already seeing land underwater.

By midcentury, it’s likely that the Arctic will lose all sea ice in late summer, and that could lead to more permafrost thaw, according to the report. As the permafrost thaws, more carbon dioxide and methane would be released, amplifying human-induced warming, “possibly significantly.”

What can be done

The report was created to inform policy-makers and makes no specific recommendations on how to remedy the problem. However, it suggests that if the United States immediately reduced its fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, it could save thousands of lives and generate billions of dollars in benefits for the country.

The Defense Department is trying to understand what risk climate change poses to security. But the Trump administration has signaled that the country will pull out of international initiatives like the Paris climate accord, aimed at lowering global temperatures, claiming that these treaties have been unfair for the US economy.

A report from the UN in October urged all governments to take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disaster from climate change. That report predicted that the Earth will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. It also suggested the world faces a risk of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.

Time for action

Reactions to the new report have been strong across the scientific community.

“If we’re going to run this country like a business, it’s time to address climate as the threat multiplier we know it is before more lives are lost,” said Robert Bullard, an environmental scientist at Texas Southern University.

“In Houston, communities of color have endured back to back major weather events without the acknowledgment from Washington that climate change is the cause. We’ve known for years that it’s true and it’s important to our organizing and our local policy efforts that information like this is not only considered, but believed and acted upon.”

Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings.

“The findings in the Trump administration’s NCA report show how the health and daily lives of Americans are becoming more and more interrupted because of climate change,” said Beverly Wright, founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and a professor at Dillard University. “We challenge the administration to finally begin using this information to rebuild and strengthen the communities in the direct path of the atrocities wrought by the fossil fuel industry and decades of poor policies that have neglected our concerns. The science is undeniable, let’s fix it.”

(The-CNN-Wire & 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)