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Climate action and natural disasters

Changing order of priorities

As a new round of global climate negotiations under the United Nations starts this week in Bangkok (the first session after the Cancun conference last December), the evidence of natural disasters is all around us. Even as the effects of Japan’s triple crisis of earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster continue, newspapers in Bangkok are filled with stories and images of disastrous flooding in Southern Thailand that have inundated towns and villages and affected a million people. By Martin Khor


Natural disasters are visiting almost all countries in one form or other. While some countries are hit by the more dramatic earthquakes and huge forest fires that also invade cities, many more countries have suffered floods caused by extraordinarily high rainfall that wreak just as much damage to millions of people ...

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