Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade – in measures to adapt to climate change – could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion. This is according to a global cost-benefit analysis setting out five adaptation strategies. The analysis was carried out by the Global Commission on Adaptation – a group of 34 leaders in politics, business and science. They say the world urgently needs to be made more “climate change resilient”.
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Thousands of coastal homes will have to be sacrificed to rising seas and entire communities in the UK may need to be relocated to higher ground because of climate change, an international commission has warned. Urgent action is needed to help millions of people around the world adapt to the impacts of climate change, a report from the Global Commission on Adaptation says. The commission, which is co-chaired by the Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, calls for $1.9 trillion of investment over the next decade to make communities around the world more resilient to increased floods, droughts and coastal erosion. “Without such a transformation, violence, civil war and mass displacements could increase,” the report concludes. The UK was one of 20 countries to establish the commission, which advises governments on how to prepare for climate change. Its report endorses the idea of relocating coastal communities in the UK, saying “transformative approaches” are needed rather than just trying to protect communities from flooding.
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Climate change is not only having a devastating impact on the environments we live in, but also on respect for human rights globally, the UN has warned. The UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, cited the civil wars sparked by a warming planet and the plight of indigenous people in an Amazon ravaged by wildfires and rampant deforestation. She also denounced attacks on environmental activists, particularly in Latin America, and the abuse aimed at high-profile figures such as the teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg.
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