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Climate change, adaptation and water

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Impacts of climate change

Observational evidence from all continents and most oceans shows that many natural systems are being affected by anthropogenic climate changes. The socio-economic impacts of climate change are significant: between 2000 and 2006, the frequency of disaster from extreme climate events worldwide increased by 187 per cent as compared with the previous decade, accounting for 33,000 deaths and 1.6 billion people affected. In the same period, global economic damage from flooding events and heavy storms was estimated at about US$ 25 billion (source: the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters).

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