CDL’s Work Featured in IRIN news

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IRIN, the humanitarian news and analysis service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, has just featured some of our work:

The paper, produced jointly by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Brown Center for Environmental Studies (at Brown University in the US) analysed mortality data from the Belgium-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) from January 1980 to July 2013 in 49 of the LDCs.

They found that 1.28 million people had died in climate-related disasters in those countries alone. From January 2010 to July 2013, the number of deaths “rose to a staggering 67 percent of the world total, reaching 5.5 times the overall global per capita death rate due to climate-related disasters”. One of the biggest events was the drought and famine in East Africa in 2011, which took an estimated 50,000 – 100,000 lives, more than half of them children under five…

“The need for scaled-up finance to support adaptation efforts in the Least Developed Countries has never been greater. Fully funding the implementation of the adaptation plans developed by these countries as part of the NAPA… will have myriad benefits in saving lives, protecting livelihoods, and building resilience against future disasters,” David Ciplet of the Brown Center, one of the authors of the paper, told IRIN.

“At the same time, due to painfully weak action by wealthy countries to mitigate climate change, and to provide adequate funding for adaptation, there are also now climate disasters that cannot be readily adapted to. This transformed global context, and the inequality it exacerbates, necessitates a distinct ‘loss and damage’ mechanism.”

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