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Global Chiefs of Mission Conference John Kerry

Warns of climate refugees, 500-year droughts

26 Mar, 2015

Kerry, speaking to a group of US ambassadors at the Global Chiefs of Mission Conference, warns them that in the future they will be dealing with climate refugees. Kerry also warned of five-hundred year long droughts.

It is a national security threat, it is a health threat, it’s an environmental threat, it’s an economic threat. We’re spending billions upon billions — $110 billion last year on the damages that occurred because of the increased level of major weather events around the world; droughts that are 500-year droughts, not 100-year droughts; places that have less and less water; food that is less produced where it used to be.

Ninety-seven percent of all the scientists for 20 years tell us unequivocally that this is happening and happening now, and humans are causing it, and we have a responsibility to respond to it.

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