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This weekend’s theme is “science and technology from a global perspective.” So, over the next several minutes, I will briefly explain the Rockefeller Foundation’s global perspective, and then explore with you the role science and technology must play in solving the intersecting climate change and global poverty crises. First, I will draw from two bodies of scientific knowledge, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the Fourth Assessment Report of the I.P.C.C. to demonstrate briefly that environmental degradation, climate change, and poverty are inextricably connected. Then, I will complicate this important body of work with the following assertion: unplanned urbanization in the developing world will exacerbate the impacts of climate change already experienced by the rural poor. And finally, I will talk about the need for new tools, new techniques, and new technologies to stabilize and reduce the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, support the efforts of underdeveloped, underserved communities to survive that environmental degradation human beings have already caused, and strengthen our shared future by restoring ecosystems and expanding social and economic opportunity.
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Climate Change ResilienceWith more intense and frequent storms, and poor sewerage and drainage systems, the poor are most at risk to diseases caused by stagnating water, like dysentery and malaria.
Climate Change ResilienceIn recent years, rising sea levels have caused social and financial hardships for the residents of Can Tho. Now they're developing new approaches to the problem.
ResilienceI was pleased to address the UN Climate Summit on The Rockefeller Foundation's ongoing work to build urban resilience. Here's what I said.
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