Impoverished people and countries are exposed and vulnerable to all types of climate-related shocks – natural disasters that destroy assets and livelihoods; waterborne diseases and pests that become more prevalent during heat waves, floods, or droughts; crop failure from reduced rainfall; and spikes in food prices that follow extreme weather events.
“Shockwaves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty”, 2016
Impoverished communities tend to be more dependent on climate-sensitive sectors and natural resources for survival, so climate change poses an extreme threat on the livelihood, food security, and health of the poor; women are particularly vulnerable.
The Science of Adaptation; a Framework for Assessment, Mitigation, and Adaptation
In Africa today, more than 500 million people live without electricity
The World Bank
Without effective climate action, 100 million more people will live in extreme poverty by 2030.