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MANILA, Philippines—The migration of the people to urban centers has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the government with the onset of climate change, World Bank officials said on Thursday.

Yan Zhang, WB-Philippines country sector coordinator, said that by 2030, about 80 percent of the populace in the country would be living in cities, up from 60 percent at present.

The proliferation of slums, she said, was a "manifestation of the unmet demands of the newly migrant populations,'' and these slums have always been exposed to natural hazards.

Read more: City slums among the biggest challenges for gov’t in era of climate change

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PETALING JAYA: About 8.6 million Malaysians living in urban areas will be exposed to climate hazards within the next nine years, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) study showed.

The study projected that the number of people to be affected by the unpredictable global weather change is also expected to increase with time, up to an astounding 11.9 million by 2050.

If the projection is accurate, Malaysia may see an 182.6% spike over 50 years (2000- 2050) in the number of its population placed at nature’s mercy.

Read more: Urbanites at Nature’s mercy

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BBC: Prince Charles criticises climate change denial. Click here to view the video.The Prince of Wales has hit out at climate change sceptics for what he calls the "corrosive" impact they have on public opinion.

The prince was speaking to an audience of MEPs and other policymakers at a conference in Brussels.

He warned against the pursuit of growth at the expense of the environment.

And the Prince said environmentalists should sell the benefits of sustainable living rather than just telling people what to give up.

Read more: Prince Charles: Climate sceptics gamble with the future

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