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Climate: World must adapt to “inevitable” consequences, report says

According to a study, a well-conducted adaptation to climate change can bring better growth and economic development in the future.

 

10 September 2019

The world must accelerate its preparation for the “inevitable” consequences of climate change, which also presents economic opportunities, pleaded on Tuesday an international commission co-led by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

According to the study of the Global Adaptation Commission, created in 2018 at the initiative of the Netherlands, joined by 19 other countries, it is necessary to “adapt now”.

Five areas in which to invest

“We are the last generation that can change the course of climate change, and the first to live with its consequences,” said Ban Ki-moon during the presentation of the report in Beijing. “Deferring and paying, or planning and prospering,” Ban Ki-moon summed up in the choice for humanity, using the slogan of the commission.

This is co-chaired by Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder and climate activist, and Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive of the World Bank, who is expected to become a patron of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The report lists five areas – advanced warning systems, infrastructure adaptation, agricultural improvements, mangrove protection, water resources protection – in which investments of $ 1.8 trillion could generate “net benefits of $ 7.1 trillion”.

“Actions to slow climate change are promising, but not enough, we need to invest in a massive effort to adapt to conditions now inevitable: rising temperatures, rising oceans, stronger storms, more unpredictable rainfall,” says the text.

5 billion people in need of water in 2050

According to the report, without adaptation agricultural yields could fall by up to 30% by 2050, affecting mainly small farmers.

 

The Partner/ Via lexpress.fr/AFP

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