Global climate change causing 315,000 deaths every year

Climate change is currently causing some 315,000 deaths each year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters, and the annual death toll is expected to rise to half a million by 2030, according to a study, commissioned by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF). It is estimated that climate change seriously affects 325 million people. In twenty years’ time that number will more than double to an estimated 660 million, making it the biggest emerging humanitarian challenge in the world, impacting on the lives of ten per cent of the world’s population. Economic losses due to climate change already amount to over US$125 billion per year, more than the total amount of aid that currently flows from industrialised countries to developing nations each year. By 2030, the economic losses due to climate change will have almost trebled to US$340 billion annually.

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