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Fiji spending soars to battle climate risks

Fiji warned on Friday it faces soaring costs to protect itself from climate change and called on the world to do more to curb carbon emissions to protect poor island nations from the increasing threat of floods and cyclones.

In a report done with the World Bank, the South Pacific nation said it is spending almost 10 percent of its gross domestic product to guard against natural disasters, more than quadruple the level of five years ago.

The report assessing the country’s vulnerability to climate risks was released to coincide with Fiji chairing the COP23 global climate summit taking place in Bonn.

photo credit: PezMico

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