With all eyes on Burma, now is perhaps the perfect moment to reflect on the injustice of a world in which natural disasters cause widespread death, disease and homelessness in the developing world but not to anything like the same extent in the richer north. Last year 149 natural and man-made disasters hit Asia, causing 13,748 dead or missing. By contrast, 82 freak weather events in Europe and North America killed only abut a sixth as many.
The figures are from The Economist. To me they are absolute evidence of the links between international economics and climate change - and that our moral duty to prevent its worst impacts should be seen as protecting the most basic Universal Human Rights (to life, housing and health) of some of the world's poorest.