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Vulnerabilities in urban settlements and industry are compounded by climate change, according to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. 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.

Cartegena port, Colombia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Cartegena port, Colombia

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La Paz, Bolivia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz, Bolivia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

La Paz, Bolivia

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Palafitos houses in Chile-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Palafitos houses in Chile

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Porto Alegre, Brazil-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Construction workers, Peru-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Construction workers, Peru

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Puetro Maldonado, Peru-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Puetro Maldonado, Peru

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Cartegena at night, Colombia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Cartegena at night, Colombia

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Cartegena, Colombia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Cartegena, Colombia

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Piura city, Peru-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Piura city, Peru

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Taganga coast, Colombia-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Taganga coast, Colombia

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