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Climate Action 2007-2008

GLOBAL EQUITY 48

GLOBAL EQUITY 48 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES INVESTING IN BIODIVERSITY FOR THE FUTURE Author Organisation Enquiries 48 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

Promoting equity and adaptation for developing countries The IPCC Fourth Assessment report demonstrates evidence of human induced global climate change. The poor are the worst victims of a global problem that has been created mainly by the rich and industrialised countries. Climate change is a harsh reality now for many of us, and this is demonstrated through various recent extreme climatic events around the world. These include: prolonged and devastating floods in Bangladesh, India, China and in the UK in 2007; severe droughts in Africa and Asia, extreme heatwaves in central Europe, devastating cyclones and tidal surges across the coasts. We live in an unequal world economically, politically and socially, and climate change impacts will increase poverty, food insecurity, hungers, inequity and social conflict in the coming decades if we don’t take urgent action now before it escapes our control. COST OF DELAYED ADAPTATION GLOBAL EQUITY 49 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG