The United Nations claims that Africa needs $200 billion a year to adapt to global warming if the planet only warms by two degrees Celsius by 2070. Such costs could soar to $350 billion per year if warming exceeds the two degree limit.

UN officials warn that even limiting warming to two degrees Celsius would disastrous for the African continent. The UN has been trying to compel rich nations to live up to promises made in 2009 to give $100 billion annually to poor countries by 2020 to prepare for the impact of global warming.

“Missing the 2°C window will not only cost governments billions of dollars but will risk the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people on the African continent and elsewhere,” said UN Under-Secretary General Achim Steiner.

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