Climate Change Could Put Development Goals Beyond Reach, UN Official Warns

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By Laurie Goering

As global warming brings wilder weather, more harvest failures and the risk of growing migration and poverty, “sustainable development as we think of it today may be out of reach”, a top U.N. specialist in climate change losses warned on Wednesday.

Nations around the world in 2015 agreed to pursue a set of “sustainable development goals” (SDGs) aiming to end poverty and hunger, and provide safe drinking water and affordable clean energy to all, among other targets, by 2030.

But with the planet heating up fast, serious threats – from expanding cities facing rising seas and floods to small islands watching their coral reefs die and water supplies turn salty – mean those “worthy” global goals may no longer be the right focus, said Koko Warner of the U.N. climate change secretariat…Read more>>

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