NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 24 Feb, 2021 00:15 am

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns climate change threatens world security

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns climate change threatens world security
Nations will have to face the "security impacts of climate change", the UK leader warned.

Nations will have to face the "security impacts of climate change", the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned.Photo / AP British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned world leaders that climate change is a threat to security of all nations and sharply criticised people across the globe who say this is "green stuff from a bunch of tree-hugging, tofu-munchers and not suited to international diplomacy and international politics"."Whether you like it or not, it is a matter of when, not if, your country and your people will have to deal with these security impacts of climate change," he warned leaders at a high-level Security Council meeting on climate-related risks to international peace and security.John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy for climate, thanked European nations for stepping up to tackle climate change during the "inexcusable absence" of the United States during the previous administration.

But even though climate change has been repeatedly called "an existential threat", he said, "we honestly have yet as a world to respond with the urgency required".China's special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua, echoed that "climate change has become a pressing and serious threat to the survival, development and security of humankind".

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