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Climate change boosts conflict risk, floods, hunger: UN

Published on Mar 31, 2014 10:00 AM
 
A man wades through a flooded street in the Mbuyuni neighbourhood of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 28, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

YOKOHAMA (AFP) - Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, floods and migration this century, the UN's expert panel said on Monday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change.

Left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions may cost trillions of dollars in damage to property and ecosystems, and in bills for shoring up climate defences, it said.

The report said the impact of climate change was already being felt and would increase with every additional degree that temperatures rise.

"Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts," a summary said, in a stark message to policymakers.

 
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