These 11 countries are highly vulnerable to climate change effects: US Intel Report

These 11 countries are highly vulnerable to climate change effects: US Intel Report
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As per a US intelligence report, a total of 11 countries fall under the category of highly vulnerable when it comes to climate change.

These include Afghanistan and Pakistan, in terms of their ability to prepare for and respond to environmental and societal crises caused by the changes in climate.

Also, India is among these 11 countries, identified by the United States intelligence agencies as ‘countries of concern’.

Sources say a fresh National Intelligence Estimate report of the National Intelligence Council, the office of the director of national intelligence (ODNI) predicted that global warming will increase geopolitical tensions and risks to the US national security up to 2040.

This report comes ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

Among the countries of concern, heat, drought and the ineffective government in Afghanistan make the situation even worse.

In India and the rest of South Asia, water scarcity issues have also been predicted as important geopolitical flashpoints.

The report throws light on India and China playing a critical role when it comes to temperature rise. India and China are the fourth and first largest emitters respectively.

This US intelligence report also highlights how climate change will likely increase the risk of instability in Central Africa and small island states in the Pacific, which when grouped together, are two of the most vulnerable areas globally.


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