A series of figures released on the sidelines of the ongoing Cancun climate talks highlight the serious impact of climate change on people, cities and countries all over the world.

All nations are vulnerable to climate change and will continue to face the risks as the earth continues its warming trend, according to the Climate Vulnerability Monitor report, launched by the DARA, a leading humanitarian research organization, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of committed most vulnerable countries.

The report categorized the impacts in terms of health, weather disasters, habitat loss and economic loss in more than 170 countries. Using large and small green, yellow, orange and red dots, it not only indicates how each country is affected today, but also forecasts the degrees of danger the countries face in the future.

Read more: Cancun data highlights global warming


Cancun, 5 December 2010 (IRIN) - Taking steps to control global temperatures is a key issue at the UN talks on climate change in Cancun. Within the next four decades maize prices could rise by up to 131 percent, there could be 17 million more undernourished children in the poorest countries, and some African farmers might have to give up agriculture if the planet keeps getting hotter, new studies show.

"[We wanted] … to get countries in Cancun to take action now to keep the global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius by the turn of the century – otherwise we are headed towards a four degree rise if greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked," said Phillip Thornton, of the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), who used climate models in a study showing the serious impact of a four-degree Celsius rise in temperature on food production in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2090s.

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More financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing world agriculture needed

3 December 2010, Rome - Floods and droughts in major grain producing countries this year have triggered a sharp increase in food prices, highlighting the vulnerability of the world's food production systems and agricultural markets. Such developments are likely to reoccur more frequently and with greater intensity in the decades to come due to climate change.

Yet while there are many examples of how the agricultural sector can both become more resilient to climate change and reduce its own sizeable carbon emissions (as detailed here), mechanisms for funding such efforts are lacking.

"Available financing, both current and projected, are substantially insufficient to meet the climate change and food security challenges faced by the agriculture sector," said Peter Holmgren, Director of FAO's Climate, Energy and Tenure Division

This is one of the key messages that FAO is stressing during the annual meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (29 Nov. - 10 Dec.)

Read more: Funding gaps for climate change adaptation a threat to food supplies


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