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DARA index shows climate vulnerability

DARA index shows climate vulnerability

December 3, 2010

"This report shows that almost all countries are threatened by climate change, but that decisive action today can avoid the catastrophe of tomorrow," said Oxfam Senior Climate Change Advisor Robert Bailey. "Governments, rich and poor alike, must act now to develop comprehensive action plans based on the needs of their most vulnerable communities. Cancun can kickstart this process by agreeing a fair global climate fund to channel sufficient resources to adaptation."

The Climate Vulnerability Monitor, backed by leading international authorities on climate change, evaluates countries across the world into low; moderate; high; severe; or acute vulnerability to its impact. The report’s barometer assesses each country according to estimated effects in the four key areas of health, weather disasters, human habitat loss and economic stresses on affected sectors and natural resources.
The Monitor points to a large-scale crisis with some impacts increasing by over 300 per cent globally by 2030. In less than 20 years, almost all countries in the world – more than 170 – will realize high vulnerability to at least one major climate impact as the planet heats up.
The report shows the majority of impacts are still highly concentrated in more than 50 acutely vulnerable low-income countries, urgently needing assistance.

Close to 80 per cent of the entire human toll of climate change exclusively concerns children in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia succumbing to malnutrition, diarrheal disease or malaria, discloses the report. Communities most exposed and vulnerable are being completely overwhelmed by just small increases in extreme weather, leading to situations similar to this year’s floods in Pakistan.
Highly effective responses exist for dealing with almost every type of impact faced today according to the report, which details more than 50 possible responses to different effects.

Avoiding widespread death from climate-sensitive diseases like malaria is particularly cost-effective. Nowhere near the required level of measures have been implemented, especially in the most vulnerable places on earth.

A full copy of the report can be obtained here:


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