Approximately 5 million people will die over the next ten years due to climate change. They are currently dying at a pace of 350,000 per year, and that rate will increase to one million fatalities per year by 2030, according to a new study published by humanitarian research organziation DARA in conjunction with  the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of vulnerable countries.

The "Climate Vulnerability Monitor: The State of the Climate Crisis" classifies 184 countries across the world according to their vulnerability to climate change on four key areas of impact (health, weather disasters, habitat loss and economic stress) to produce an overall vulnerability ranking ranging from low to acute.

Much of today’s impacts are highly concentrated in some 50 acutely vulnerable low-income countries, urgently needing assistance. The United States of America and Spain are the only advanced industrialized countries in the world to fall into the ‘high’ vulnerability category. Remarkably, when the same methodology is used to assess all countries, the US and Spain register levels of vulnerability similar to major emerging nations such as China, Iran, Indonesia and the Philippines, or African nations like Gabon, Ghana and Egypt.

Read more: Climate Change Will Lead to 5 Million Deaths by 2020 - Report


[CANCUN, MEXICO] Bamboo, a wild grass that grows in Africa, Asia and Latin America, could help tackle climate change and provide income for local communities, a conference has heard.

It can sequester carbon faster than similar fast-growing tree species such as Chinese fir and eucalyptus when properly managed, said Coosje Hoogendoorn, director-general of International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), based in Beijing, China.

Read more: Bamboo can capture carbon fast, says report


* Adaptation Fund seen able to manage "green fund" aid

* Signed first deal last week: $8.6 mln to Senegal-Khan

A tiny U.N. fund that is starting to help developing nations adapt to climate change could expand to manage part of a planned $100 billion aid mechanism to be debated at U.N. talks in Mexico, the chair of the fund said.

Developing nations reckon the existing Adaptation Fund, which signed its first deal last week to give $8.6 million to Senegal to fight coastal erosion, could overcome objections from donors to win a wider role, Farrukh Iqbal Khan told Reuters.

Almost 200 nations will meet in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 to discuss measures including a new "green fund" to help the poor shift from fossil fuels and adapt to floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels.

Read more: Tiny UN climate fund could take bigger role-chair


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