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The 21st century climate challenge

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Part of the Human Development Report book series (Human Development Report)

Abstract

Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most remote locations on Earth. The gigantic stone statues located in the Rono Raraku volcanic crater are all that remain of what was a complex civilization. Th at civilization disappeared because of the over-exploitation of environmental resources. Competition between rival clans led to rapid deforestation, soil erosion and the destruction of bird populations, undermining the food and agricultural systems that sustained human life.1 The warning signs of impending destruction were picked up too late to avert collapse.

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Climate Change Carbon Footprint Climate Change Mitigation Carbon Budget International Energy Agency 
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© United Nations Development Programme 2007

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