Citing droughts in India and cyclones in Mozambique, Mami Mizutori, the U.N.’s special representative on disaster risk reduction, warns that developing nations are experiencing lower-level climate-related disasters every week. To cope with such events, she urges the global community to focus on adapting to such impacts in addition to cutting carbon emissions.
Is that economically feasible? Mizutori estimates that while destructive climate events will cost $520 billion per year, building disaster-resistant infrastructure, such as planting mangroves to mitigate flooding, would only cost an additional 3 percent.
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