Climate change hits the poorest hardest
Natural disasters have quadrupled over the last two decades, from an average of 120 a year in the early 1980s to as many as 500 today.
Our new report “Climate Alarm: Disasters increase as climate change bites ” looks at how poverty and powerlessness make people more vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate and outlines the need to mitigate, adapt, reduce risk and improve humanitarian systems.
Jeremy Hobbs, Oxfam International’s Executive Director said, “This year we have seen floods in South Asia, across the breadth of Africa and in Mexico that have affected more than 250 million people. This is no freak year. It follows a pattern of more frequent, more erratic, more unpredictable and more extreme weather events that are affecting more people. Action is needed now to prepare for more disasters otherwise humanitarian assistance will be overwhelmed and recent advances in human development will go into reverse.”
Oxfam will be at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali next month, keeping pressure on governments to agree on a mandate to negotiate a global deal, that will assist developing countries to cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce green house gas emissions.
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