Poorest people getting world's small change to cope with climate crisis

(Reuters News, 23 Sep 2019) Research from Oxfam shows vulnerable communities are receiving a pittance to help them adapt to worsening wild weather and rising seas.

The world's poorest people, increasingly buffeted by storms, floods and droughts, have been getting less than 1 cent a day each in international help to protect them from wild weather and rising seas as the Earth heats up, aid group Oxfam said Monday.

Its analysis of global funding for developing countries to adapt to climate change was released as world leaders gathered in New York for a U.N. summit where they have been asked to set out how they will do more to rein in global warming.

Poorer nations - many in places where climate change effects are hitting the hardest - have long demanded more financial support so they can build stronger homes, plant hardier seeds on farms, put in irrigation and warn citizens of dangerous weather.

"Millions of people are already living with the threat of deadly storms, rising floodwater and failed crops," said Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of Oxfam GB.

"Wealthy nations ... should take urgent action to reduce emissions and provide financial support to the poorest communities to cope with the impact of climate change," he added in a statement.

In the past year, drought in the Horn of Africa has left more than 15 million people in need of aid in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, while in Mozambique, 2.6 million require essentials after two powerful cyclones caused devastation, Oxfam said.

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