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Climate action must be part of national plans

The new development paradigm will need to value physical, human and natural capital.

The overriding message is that the mindset that natural disasters are one-off occurrences rather than a systemic problem must change. Disaster risk management needs to be understood as an investment, going beyond relief and reconstruction to a dual approach of prevention and recovery.

CLIMATE-RELATED disasters are on an alarming trajectory. Great floods in China, India and Thailand, super storms in the Philippines and the United States, and summer heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere in recent years are manifestations of this trend.

The 2010s may well go down as the...

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