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Climate change to hit poor worst, says U.N. head

The world's poor, who are the least responsible for global warming, will suffer the most from the effects of climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told global environment ministers on Monday.
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"The degradation of the global environment continues unabated … and the effects of climate change are being felt across the globe," Ban said in a statement after last week’s toughest warning yet mankind is to blame for global warming.
 
"But it is the poor, in Africa and small island states, who will suffer the most, even though they are the least responsible for global warming."
 
Experts say Africa is the lowest emitter of the greenhouse gases that cause warming, but due to its poverty, under-development and geography, has the most to lose under predictions of wrenching change in weather patterns.
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