Climate change could erase years of global anti-poverty efforts, study finds

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Climate change could mean a lot more than rising temperatures, rising sea levels and increased risks of natural disasters — it might also erase years of hard work to reduce poverty around the world.

A new study published by the World Bank Group on Sunday predicts that without climate-smart development and strict reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that will decrease the impacts of climate change in developing countries, global warming could force more than 100 million additional people below the poverty line by 2030 — bringing the total close to 1 billion people in a worst-case scenario.

This means climate change could thwart the success of important global efforts to lift up the world’s poor, such as the U.N.’s new Sustainable Development Goal to eradicate extreme poverty within the next 15 years. Read more…

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