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Social Implications of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean

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  • Verner, Dorte

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Climate change is the defining development challenge of our time. More than a global environmental issue, climate change is also a threat to poverty reduction and economic growth and may unravel many of the development gains made in recent decades. Latin America and the Caribbean account for a relatively modest 12 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,1 but communities across the region are already suffering adverse consequences from climate change and variability (De la Torre, Fajnzylber, and Nash 2009). As highlighted in “Reducing Poverty, Protecting Livelihoods, and Building Assets in a Changing Climate” (Verner 2010), climate change is likely to have unprecedented social, economic, environmental, and political repercussions.

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Article provided by The World Bank in its journal Economic Premise.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): 61 (July)
Pages: 1-5

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Handle: RePEc:wbk:prmecp:ep61

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Keywords: climate change; latin america; weather; mitigation; adaptation; climate policy; developing countries; world bank; flood; drought; temperature;

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  1. Undp, 2007. "HDR 2007/2008 - Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world," Human Development Report (1990 to present), Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), number hdr2007-2008, July.
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