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Who and what to do first to tackle global climate emergency

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By Jang Daul

High temperatures scorched the Earth in June, including in North America, Europe, Russia, India and China. We, people in South Korea, also had the highest-ever daily minimum temperature recorded in June since 1997.

It is very clear that climate change is causing the increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. No one on Earth is immune from the impact of global climate change. This is the reason why all the countries in the world need to work together.

However, at the same time, the impact of climate change does not fall equally on everyone. Ironically, those who bear less responsibility for climate change are the ones who will suffer more, which is mostly true not only at the global, but also at the national level.

Many of the low-income countries in South America, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands are being hit harder by global climate change. Also, within a society, the vulnerable, including the poor, people with disabilities, children, women, the elderly, outdoor workers and farmers, suffer more from global heating and extreme weather events.

Then, who needs to reduce carbon emissions first and take more roles and responsibilities?

First of all, following the "polluter pays" principle, at the global level, those countries that emitted more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere should reduce their emissions more. The G20, comprising the world's 19........

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