If climate change is a “largely unscientific hoax” and “political concoction” (in the words of Republican strategist Mary Matalin), it’s a hoax and concoction that could threaten the rights of millions of people. Or so said the United Nations deputy high commissioner for human rights this week. “Ultimately climate change may affect the very right to life of various individuals,” said Commissioner Kyung-wha Kang, adding that countries have an obligation “to prevent and address some of the direst consequences that climate change may reap on human rights.”