The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from about   280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution to about 420  today. As a result, the world’s average temperature has risen about 1°C,  causing severe risks and major disasters such as floods and droughts, causing most damage in poorer  countries and to poorer communities.

Recent data suggests  human-caused climate change is accelerating and  the resulting human and economic damage is getting more frequent and more serious...

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