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No end to poverty without climate action

September 30, 2014

Make Wealth History

climate for development“Climate change is rapidly becoming the greatest threat to poverty eradication” according to a new report. It’s from a coalition of NGOs that includes environmental groups such as WWF and Greenpeace, alongside those better known for their campaigning on poverty, such as Practical Action, Christian Aid and Oxfam.

The UN is in the process of negotiating a new set of targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals. But the report warns that without robust action on climate change, the rest of the goals could well be unachievable.

One of the most immediate risks is extreme weather, which damages crops, pushing up food prices and increasing the number of people going hungry. That could scupper any development goals around hunger, food security and nutrition. Malnutrition then undermines goals on health and wellbeing. A changing climate would also affect water security and any deterioration in access to the basics of…

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