If approached correctly, climate change could be an opportunity for the global economy, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told DW.
River flooding will affect more people and cause significantly more damage by 2030, as climate change and socioeconomic development accelerate. In South Asia alone, an estimated 15 million will be affected, say experts.
Conservationists welcomed President Obama's plans to halt oil exploration in a key Arctic reserve, but worry some Arctic areas will still be opened. The mixed message sends the wrong signal in a critical year.
A UN goal of $10 billion has been met at Peru's climate conference after a surprise donation from Australia. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously been reluctant to contribute to the Green Climate Fund.
Ottawa in Canada is hosting a conference on “Arctic Change”. With climate change making access to the Arctic easier, interest has increased. But the forecast boom in economic activity appears to have been put "on ice".
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