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Climate change to kill 100 million by 2030

MORE than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2pc of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, according to the report commissioned by 20 governments.

The report, conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA, calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

More than 90pc of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries.

The full report is available at www.daraint.org

Irish Independent