NRDC: UN scientists map global misery, urgent climate action needed


WASHINGTON — Climate change is causing severe damage and increasing costs to nature and people around the world, according to scientists in the latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They also warned that there are limits to the ability of people and nature to adapt and that those most affected are the vulnerable communities with the fewest resources to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Here is a statement from Manish Bapna, President and CEO of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“This is a high definition map of global misery. Millions of people face severe food and water insecurity. Economies are constrained. Sickness and death are increasing. And those who suffer the most are low-income populations – up to 3.6 billion people – on the uneven front lines of climate hazards and damage.

“It is time to act urgently. President Biden has called for $550 billion in clean energy and environmental justice investments over the next 10 years to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels that cause climate change and towards cleaner means and smarter to power our future. He pledged to ensure that at least 40% of clean energy investments benefit disadvantaged communities. Now Biden must lead and deliver. Our endangered planet cannot wait.

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The NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.


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