The impacts of human-induced climate change are likely to be felt in poor countries and poor communities first. Recent reports from the UN and IPCC have identified Small Island Developing States, Africa and Least Developed Countries as particularly vulnerable. This 2-page briefing identifies the 100 countries most vulnerable to climate change and stresses the need for strong mitigation measures. Key messages are:
human-induced climate change is likely to have the heaviest impact on small low-lying island and coastal states, African nations, Asian mega-deltas and the polar regions
the 100 most vulnerable countries have contributed the least to total global carbon emissions
if the highest emitting nations fail to introduce strong mitigation measures, these countries will suffer catastrophic impacts over the next one or two decades.