January 18, 2022 9:36 pm

The world is not yet ready to deal with climate disasters

  • The climate crisis is progressing faster than adaptation plans, warns a new United Nations report

  • In 2050, 500,000 million dollars will be needed to mitigate the impact of the climate crisis, compared to the 46,000 allocated so far

The climate crisis is here and its progress, according to countless studies, has already been felt in each and every populated corner of the planet. After decades of ignoring the problem, the world has finally begun to work to deploy countercurrent adaptation and mitigation mechanisms to cope with the damage caused by phenomena such as the global increase in temperatures, the rise in sea level and the rise of extreme meteorological phenomena. But the climate crisis is progressing much faster that the measures that humanity is implementing to cushion its impact, warns a new report from the United Nations Environment Program.

“Even if we turn off the tap on greenhouse gas emissions today, the impact of climate change would accompany us for several decades“recalls Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program.” We need a radical change to promote more ambitious mechanisms for the adaptation, financing and implementation of tools that help to significantly reduce damages and losses caused by climate change. And we need it now “, highlights the UN spokesperson after the publication of this latest report.

According to current projections, in the best of cases the world could limit the global increase in temperatures to 1.5 degrees (the goal being pursued in Glasgow). But right now, the most likely scenario is that the global rise in thermometers reaches 2.7 degrees on average. In both cases, experts warn, climate disasters will continue. The report estimates that by mid-century it will take between 280,000 and 500,000 million dollars to cushion the damage caused by the climate crisis in developed countries. At the moment, the UN study points out, global spending on adaptation policies barely reaches the 46,000 million. “We have to go one step further,” Andersen emphasizes.

Gap between rich and poor

The analysis, published this Thursday, points out the huge ‘adaptation gap’ between countries that have begun to deploy tools against the climate crisis and countries that do not have the resources to do so. In total, it is estimated that 79% of the countries have at least one plan national on climate crisis (this represents 7% more compared to the balance of 2020). 65% of the countries have more than one sectoral plan on climate adaptation and 26% of these even have regional plans to address the problem (such as Spain, where there is a state law on climate change and several regional regulations).

At the other extreme, the report notes, there are still 20% of countries that still do not have a plan to face the present and the future of the climate crisis. This 20% also agrees with some of the states poorest in the world who are still waiting for the 100,000 million dollars a year that the richest (and most polluting) governments on the planet promised to deliver to minimize the impact of climate change in these regions. “The adaptation costs of developing countries are between five and ten times greater that funding is coming in right now & rdquor ;, the report concludes.

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In 2016, this same United Nations analysis on climate adaptation estimated that by 2040 between 140,000 and 300,000 million would be needed and by 2050 between 280,000 and 500,000 million dollars would be needed to alleviate the impact of the climate crisis in the global south. Now, just five years later, the study concludes that even the highest estimates fall short. The funds have to be multiplied practically by ten. Otherwise, the lack of resources could further exacerbate poverty in these regions which, despite being the least polluting on the globe, are the ones that are suffering the greatest damage from the climate crisis.


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