The “Climate Vulnerability Monitor,” released by humanitarian research organization Development Assistance Research Associates (DARA) and the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership among leaders of countries most vulnerable to climate change, has concluded that the US, followed by Spain, is the most vulnerable of all developed nations to climate change.
With the main risks for Spain being habitat loss due to desertification, the report states that the United States is also one of the top ten hot spots for regions where people and human habitats are at risk due to desertification and extreme weather. Researchers also estimated that by 2030, the US will be losing US$40 billion per year to climate change effects as the worst affected nation in terms of overall economic damage.
44th Costa Rican President José María Figueres, a DARA Trustee, stated, “Whilst it is the poorest, most vulnerable nations on earth that will bear the brunt of the climate crisis, the industrialized world is not immune from its impact either. Countries such as the United States will suffer the greatest economic losses from climate change so it is clearly in their own interest to act now to address these impacts, and to mitigate climate change.”
We thank Your Excellency, Development Assistance Research Associates and Climate Vulnerable Forum, for reminding that climate change affects every corner of the Earth. May such awareness motivate leaders and fellow citizens alike toward the global adoption of sustainable planet-sparing lifestyle choices.
During a November 2009 videoconference in Washington, DC, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai outlined some of the climate impacts in the country and the most direct way to address them.