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Global warming threatens reversal in fight against poverty, says report

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 29 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:996
  1. Rhona MacDonald
  1. BMJ

    “Today, humanity faces the intertwined challenges of obscene levels of poverty and a rapidly warming global climate,” states a new report, Up in Smoke, a collaborative effort involving many leading international charities and published last week by the New Economics Foundation, an independent, UK based think tank.

    The report warns: “Globally several environmental, economic and political trends are coinciding and contributing to rising instability that exposes people and biodiversity to greater risks and vulnerability than ever before.”

    Most of the people at risk are in poor countries. The cumulative number of people affected by disasters rose to two billion in the 1990s, up from 740 million in the …

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