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A coconut plantation in Julita, Leyte destroyed by typhoon Haiyan
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Climate change is no longer just coming. It’s here already. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters.

It is threatening to reverse development gains as it destroys livelihoods and infrastructure, devastates crops, leaves millions hungry, and undoes people's efforts to climb out of poverty. And the financial cost of this chaos has been immense - almost half a trillion dollars – three times the costs in the whole of the 1970s.

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