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UN: failure to reduce environmental risks will set back human development | guardian.co.uk

Unchecked environmental destruction will halt – or even reverse – the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world’s poorest people in recent decades, a major new UN report warned on Wednesday.

The 2011 Human Development report, from the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, concludes that problems such as worsening droughts in sub-Saharan Africa and rising sea levels that could engulf countries like Bangladesh, could send food prices soaring by up to 50% and reverse efforts to provide access to clean water, sanitation and energy to billions of people.

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