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IISD encourages support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew

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“Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti, Jamaica, and others in the region whose lives have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” said Anne Hammill, director of IISD's Resilience program. “We are deeply saddened at the loss of life and destruction of homes.”

“While it is not possible to attribute any single weather event to climate change, scientists have consistently warned that global warming will make this type of extreme weather event more frequent and more intense,” she continued. “It is vital that the international community rally to support vulnerable countries and communities to build their resilience to climate risks.”

Globally, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that between 2003-2013, natural hazards and disasters in developing countries affected more than 1.9 billion people and caused over USD 494 billion in damage.

To assist disaster relief in the region, donations are being accepted by UNICEF, Oxfam and the Red Cross.

About the International Institute for Sustainable Development

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

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