— 31 July 2023 —

Climate variability and natural hazards like floods and earthquakes can act as environmental shocks or socioecological stressors leading to instability and suffering throughout human history.

The severe economic and financial consequences of climate change are clear, particularly given the enormous shortfall to date in spending on adapting to what is to come.

Creon Butler

Read full article by Creon Butler in ChathamHouse.org

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