Source: Asia Society
By Liz Flora
Leaders from the countries on the front lines of climate change assailed the “inertia” of the world’s richer nations, and warned of grave consequences ahead for their own countries, when they convened at Asia Society New York today for the launch of a new report that shows the impact global warming is already having on some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.
“Every year, 4.5 million people die as a direct impact of climate change and use of carbon,” alleged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, who was joined by several global leaders from the 20-nation Climate Vulnerable Forum to present statements at the introduction of the 2012 DARA Climate Vulnerability Monitor. The report utilizes findings from recent climate change studies to show the devastating environmental and economic effects that these countries are already experiencing.