06 Jul '18, 8am

Is a credit crisis curbing climate action by poor countries?

Climate change is already set to hit some of the world's poorest countries hardest, as changing weather patterns and rising sea levels take hold. But research suggests those nations most vulnerable to climate impacts are already paying the cost for their exposure to the climate threat. A new study (PDF) released by Imperial College Business School has found developing nations exposed to the highest risks from climate change are being forced to pay more to borrow cash than their more resilient neighbors. Some 20 countries including Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Bangladesh and Vietnam — collectively known as the V20 — already have paid $40 billion in extra interest payments on their government's debt over the last decade due to their climate vulnerability, the study found. The price increases amount to an even larger bill of $62 billion for debt on the external private market. The...

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