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Climate change worse than pandemic

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Geneva-based organization Red Cross earlier said that the issue of climate change must be met with the same urgency as the Covid19 pandemic.
In a report, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) societies said that since the pandemic was declared in March, 100 natural disasters have hit the world, affecting over 50 million people.


IFRC secretary general Jagan Chapagain said that they expect climate change to have “more significant medium and long term impact on human life and the Earth.” Global warming would need “much more sustained action and investment” to effectively preserve human life.


Just last year, there were 308 natural disasters, 77 percent of which were climate-related, killing over 24,000 people. In the past decade, weather and climate disasters claimed the lives of more than 410,000, especially in poorer nations.


The IFRC called on the international community to act on this which “literally threatens our long term survival.”


The report said that about $50 billion per year would be required to aid 50 developing countries adapt to climate change. The IFRC added that much of the money invested in prevention and mitigation of climate change did not go to the countries that really need it.


“Our first responsibility is to protect communities that are most exposed and vulnerable to climate risks,” said Chapagain. However, he said that current research proves that “the world is collectively failing to do this.”


“There is a clear disconnection between where the climate risk is greatest and where climate adaptation funding goes,” he added. “This disconnection could very well cost lives.”


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