UN climate report findings support CAFOD's experiences with vulnerable people suffering impacts of climate change
31 March 2014
The world’s leading climate experts today launched their assessment of how global warming is impacting people around the globe. It finds that the world’s poorest people will be hardest hit by climate change, which will trigger new poverty traps and worsen conditions in many lower income countries, as CAFOD has reported through our own experiences with people on the ground.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2007 won the Nobel Peace Prize, has today launched its ‘Working Group II’ report. This analyses the physical impacts of climate change and the wide-reaching and varied risks to people and countries around the world. The report’s findings are clear: global warming is happening here, now and affecting people on all continents. It is not a distant problem that will only affect generations to come in far away places. CAFOD through its work is witnessing first-hand how climate change is making the lives of vulnerable communities around the world worse, from drought conditions that ruin farmers’ crops to floods that wash away homes and livelihoods.
We have the means to end poverty within our lifetimes, but not if we don’t tackle climate change by cutting our emissions and helping poor people to cope with its impacts."
Rob Elsworth, Climate and Policy Analyst at CAFOD, said: “The IPPC report along with the evidence we’re seeing on the ground shows climate change is the single biggest threat to poverty reduction that exists today. It has the potential to undermine years of hard-won gains in improving the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. We have the means to end poverty within our lifetimes, but not if we don’t tackle climate change by cutting our emissions and helping poor people to cope with its impacts.”
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