Connecting countries to climate technology solutions
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This report commissioned by leading environmental and development organisations, examines the impact of climate change on global development, specifically the Millennium Development Goals. A number of case studies presented deal with the repercussions of climate change on food production, water supplies, public health and livelihoods. The report claims that the effects of climate change are burdened on the poor in climatically and environmentally vulnerable areas.The report calls for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by industrialised countries in the order of 60 to 80 per cent (relative to 1990 levels) by the middle of this century. The report claims such greenhouse gas cuts are vital if global average temperatures are not to exceed 2°C above pre-industrial levels.The report further calls on the international community to take urgent action to introduce:a global risk assessment of the likely costs of adaptation to climate change in poor countriescommensurate new funds and other resources made available by industrialised countries for poor country adaptationeffective and efficient arrangements to respond to the increasing burden of climate-related disaster reliefdevelopment models based on risk reduction and incorporating community-driven coping strategies in adaptation and disaster preparednesssmall-scale renewable energy projects promoted by governments and community groups which can help to both tackle poverty and reduce climate change if they are replicated and scaled-upcoordinated plans, from local to international levels, for relocating threatened communities with appropriate political, legal and financial resources.The report was written by The Working Group on Climate Change and Development, a coalition of the following organisations: ActionAid International, Christian Aid, Columban Faith and Justice, IDS (Institute of Development Studies), ITDG (Intermediate Technology Development Group), IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development), Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, nef (new economics foundation), Operation Noah, Oxfam, People & Planet, RSPB, Tearfund, teri Europe, WWF, WaterAid and World Vision. [adapted from author]