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Afghanistan + 46 others
Impacts of Climate Change coming faster and sooner: New science report underlines urgency for governments to seal the deal in Copenhagen

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

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Bangladesh + 12 others
Poverty and poor preparation increase toll from natural disasters

New York, 20 October 1998 - Extreme poverty and the failure of government authorities to adequately prepare for natural disasters have cost nations dearly in loss of life and livelihoods in the past month.
Floods, drought and earthquakes have devastated poor communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific and set-back hard-earned development gains. According to John Rogge, manager of UNDP's Disaster Management Programme based in Geneva, human impact on the environment is exacerbating the number and intensity of many disasters: