Climate change report means the most for those who have the least

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Climate change report means the most for those who have the least

The report describes how physical, biological, and human systems will be affected by climate change. Screenshot: IPCC.

No one was spared in the most recent climate report out of the UN, but the poor and vulnerable may feel the brunt of the pain.

The report looks at climate change projections and how they will affect the physical, biological, and human systems people rely on everyday. The picture is far from optimistic.

People who don’t have the resources to plan ahead will feel climate change faster and more forcefully, the report argues. As water sources dry up, food becomes more scarce, and oceans rise, the poor will be disproportionately affected, but lack the resources to adapt.

“It is the poorest countries with the biggest populations that will be hit hardest, and none more so than Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated nations in the world," reports The New York Times. "In the Ganges Delta, made up of 230 major rivers and streams, 160 million people live in a place one-fifth the size of France and as flat as chapati, the bread served at almost every meal."

Bangladesh is a poignant example of the effects of climate change on the world’s poor, but is only a microcosm of potential problems.

Read The New York Times' take on the UN Climate report here.

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