Countries are not adapting fast enough to combat the impacts of the environmental crisis, according to the annual report on the “adaptation gap” of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)), which was unveiled yesterday in the framework of the climate change summit COP26, in Glasgow
The document refers to the fact that the outlook is worrying, since the estimated costs to adapt to the worst effects of rising temperatures in poor countries are five to 10 times greater of the amount of money they manage to produce in one year, so phenomena such as droughts, floods and rising sea levels will seriously affect them in the following years.
Additionally, low-income nations in the southern hemisphere are forecast to be the worst hit by the ravages, despite the small amount they contribute to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Rich nations will have to do more
Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP, assured that there must be climate financing, so that the nations that contribute the most to global warming contribute money to the nations that suffer the most from the consequences and cannot face the challenge.
“Those who are going to suffer the most are those in the poorest countriesTherefore, it is essential to guarantee a degree of equity and global solidarity for the financing of adaptation, “said the expert in an interview with CNN.
Conditions will get worse rather than better
The UNEP report maintains that the threshold of not allowing the temperature to rise 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the current average will be passed earlier than expected and when it happens, the climate impacts will already be irreversible. “While strong mitigation is the way to minimize long-term impacts and costs, greater ambition in terms of adaptation is critical, particularly for funding and implementation, to prevent existing gaps from widening“wrote the report’s authors.
Andersen argues that the longer we delay climate action, the more important adaptation will be, “especially for the poorest, who are going to be the most affected“, he expressed.
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