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Climate Change and the Poorest Nations: Further Reflections on Global Inequality

Ruth Gordon, Villanova University School of Law

Abstract

This article considers climate change from the perspective of the Third World and more particularly from the vantage point of the poorest nations in the international system. It concludes that those nations that are the most geographically and economically vulnerable will also have the least impact on mechanisms to halt the progress of this impending disaster. Hence, climate change is examined as yet another chapter in Third World powerlessness. Despite the fact that low-income nations participate in international deliberations, they do so from an exceedingly weak position that puts them in the untenable position of being on the receiving end of whatever policies richer nations and peoples decide to pursue. Climate change and other environmental problems are no different. Ultimately this means that whether and the extent to which climate change will be addressed is in the hands of wealthy nations, and at this point, things do not look good.

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