The world has less than a decade to change course to avoid irreversible ecological catastrophe, the UN warned today.
The report, commissioned by the UN Development Programme, said climate change would hit the least-developed countries the hardest.
"The poorest countries and most vulnerable citizens will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks, even though they have contributed least to the problem," the report says.
"Looking to the future, no country - however wealthy or powerful - will be immune to the impact of global warming."
The panel says the greatest financial responsibility lies with the US and other well-developed countries most responsible for the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, mainly from the use of coal, oil and other fossil fuels.
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