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From the United Nations Humanitarian Agency

Natural disasters are far more destructive than wars, and the damage will only worsen unless drastic change is taken to address global climate change, a former United Nations humanitarian chief said on Tuesday.

"Already seven times more livelihoods are devastated by natural disasters than by war worldwide, at the moment, and this is going to get much worse, the way the climate is developing," Jan Egeland said after addressing the top governing body of the Christian aid organisation World Vision.

"Climate change, it's happening. It's not a threat. It's happening today and those who suffer the most are the poorest in Africa. Where there was already drought, the droughts are getting worse. Where there was already flooding the floodings are getting worse, as we speak," said Egeland, the United Nations head of humanitarian affairs from 2003 to 2006.

He called for dramatic changes in lifestyles "if we are to avoid having disasters virtually every month in large parts of the world".
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