Poor Countries to Bear Brunt of Climate Change Despite Emitting Least Carbon Dioxide

Many of the world's poorest countries are expected to experience daily heat extremes due to climate change sooner than wealthier nations -- according to research from an international team including the University of East Anglia.

New findings published in Environmental Research Letters show that the poorest fifth of the global population will be the first to experience more frequent heat extremes — despite cumulatively emitting the least amounts of CO2.

Countries including those in the Horn of Africa and West Africa are likely to be worst affected.

The study is the first to examine the link between cumulative CO2 emissions and more frequent hot days.

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