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华盛顿—3月14日晚, 热带气旋爱达伊猛烈冲击非洲的东南海岸。当天,向北约1,700英里,我与全球领袖和气候专家在肯尼亚内罗毕召开的第3届一个地球峰会(OPS)上会面。上述两个场景虽然截然不同——但却关系密切。

由爱达伊引发的人道主义紧急状况相继浮出水面。拥有500,000居民的莫桑比克贝拉首当其冲地受到了热带气旋的冲击。但由此造成的后果仍然进一步扩大,尤其因为贝拉是某些区域邻国的主要港口所在地,其中包括马拉维和津巴布韦等内陆国家。与卢森堡面积相当的一个内陆湖泊现在正导致这三个国家数十万民众陷入流离失所的境地。

值此气候变化导致灾难性天气事件变得更为普遍之时,爱达伊提醒我们需要共同承担责任来强化抗灾能力,特别在最脆弱的地区尤其如此。毕竟,坐等灾难降临的代价要高得多,这一点贝拉市严重吃紧的预算已经向我们证明。据劳埃德城市风险指数显示,即使在保守情况下,气候相关风险也可以导致城市平均每年损失1230亿美元的GDP。

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