Climate shocks: Risk and vulnerability in an unequal world

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


Climate science deals in measurement. Emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are weighed in tonnes and gigatonnes. Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are monitored in parts per million (ppm). Confronted with the data, it is easy to lose sight of the human face of the people who are most vulnerable to climate change—people such as those quoted above.


Climate Change Human Development Tropical Cyclone Poor Household Polar Bear 
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