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31 Aug 2009 description

Aug 31 (Reuters) - A 150-nation conference in Geneva is looking at ways to improve climate information to help people cope with ever more droughts, floods, sandstorms and rising sea levels projected this century.

The Aug. 31-Sept. 4 talks are to agree a "Global Framework for Climate Services" that will improve information in areas ranging from health to energy.

Among examples of risks and solutions from around the world given by U.N. agencies:

DISASTER RISKS

Between 1991 and 2005, natural disasters killed 960,000 people and economic losses totalled $1.19 trillion.