Cyclone Pam Puts Spotlight on Climate Risks
Cyclone Pam, the extreme storm which devastated Vanuatu this weekend, has put the spotlight firmly on climate risk and global disaster management, leading to calls by high-ranking UN officials and political leaders to draw the necessary conclusions and step up climate action and efforts to build greater resilience to disasters.
Pam hit all Vanuatu's islands, killing an as yet unknown number of people, wrecking homes and infrastructure and destroying livlihoods. Vanuatu President Baldwin Losndale, who was attending this year's UN disaster risk conference, said the storm meant his small country would have to start all over again, reflecting the harsh reality that extreme climate impacts can destroy years of hard-won development gains at a stroke.
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