World Bank to increase focus on climate.
The World Bank’s chief told Bloomberg in an interview published Thursday that he hopes to elevate the international development institution’s climate change role.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who took office in July, said the lender’s November climate change report already has had an effect on its 188 member countries.
“The response was quite surprising,” Kim told Bloomberg. “It was as if ‘we’ve heard this all from the environmental groups, but my goodness, if the World Bank tells us this is an issue, then there must be something different to the story.’ “
That report warned of “cataclysmic changes” resulting from heat waves, rising sea levels, decreased food supplies and a possible 4-degree Celsius temperature increase this century.
According to the report, the World Bank is “helping finance renewable energy projects, assisting with climate change mitigation plans and awarding funds to discourage deforestation and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Increasingly, climate denialism is becoming a strictly American conservative religion.
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