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Women Face Disproportionately High Risks From Climate Change, UNEP Report Says

“Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks such as human trafficking, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),” released at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the UNEP News Centre reports.

“Investing in low carbon, resource efficient green technologies, water harvesting and fuel wood alternatives can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women’s livelihoods, says the report,” the news service writes (12/6). “In parts of Asia and Africa, where the majority of the agricultural workforce are women, the impacts of [climate change, such as droughts, floods and mud slides,] have a major impact on their income, food security and health, according to the report,” India’s Zee News notes (12/7).

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