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Rapid and unsustainable urban development, international financial pressures, increases in socioeconomic inequality, failures in governance and environmental degradation affect vulnerability. These changes unfold in different places at different times, meaning that strategies to strengthen resilience and reduce exposure and vulnerability need to be locally or regionally specific. For example, countries that are rapidly urbanising are vulnerable to climate change if their economic development is slow. In other countries, urbanisation may present opportunities to adapt to climate change. Poverty is also a critical factor in determining vulnerability to climate change and extreme events.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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Urban scene in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in the Caribbean

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Oil refinery, Cuba-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Oil refinery, Cuba

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Havana harbour, Cuba

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Image of Havana harbour, Cuba

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Docks, Singapore

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Oil refinery, Cuba

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Nassua Harbour lighthouse, the Bahamas

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Singapore highway and port

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Aerial image of Havana, Cuba

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Apia market, Samoa

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