Latin America: Facing off climate change with green innovation

Latin America is likely to see more floods like those wreaking havoc in Mexico, as the effects of climate change make themselves felt. Already highly vulnerable to natural hazards, the region will be one of the most affected by increased flooding and droughts, reduced arable lands and the possible loss of low lying regions caused by climate change.

And since the vast majority – over 80% – of Latin Americans live in cities, everyone will be affected, although the region’s poorest communities are likely to suffer the most.

“It’s possible and necessary to create policies and programs which help to combat climate change in the most inclusive fashion,” writes Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Director for Sustainable Development.

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