Latest IPCC report details dangerous and widespread disruption from climate change

Press release, 28 February 2022
Reacting to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, IIED director Andrew Norton said:

“This report illustrates the need for urgent action and brings into sharp focus the injustice of climate change.

"Repeatedly the findings show that the poorest countries and communities face the greatest risks and hazards, and the greatest levels of loss and damage from climate change. Indigenous peoples, those living in urban informal settlements, pastoralists, smallholder farmers and citizens of small island states are on the front line of the negative impacts, that will ramp up dramatically if warming exceeds 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

“Given the cascading impacts laid bare in this report, including more and more people without enough water to drink or food to eat, displacement as they flee the worst effects of climate change, and ultimately increased risk of conflict, it’s high time richer countries took concrete action to deliver climate finance on a scale that can meaningfully help developing countries to build their resilience.

"They need to set out the exact sources of the US$500 billion in finance that was pledged in Glasgow last year as well as a plan to deliver finance to help people to adapt to climate change, which they also promised to double at COP26.

"Far more climate finance needs to be made available to the poorest countries and communities so they can decide how best to adapt to the challenges that climate change is already bringing.

“This report should be seen as a clarion call for urgent action to decarbonise our societies, to build resilience and to prioritise social justice and the wellbeing of those who suffer most but did the least to create the climate crisis.”

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