Serbia most vulnerable to climate change: Germanwatch

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Serbia was listed as the top most vulnerable country to climate change by Germanwatch, an organisation which monitors the globe for nations vulnerable to the effects of climate change. “The severe flooding in Serbia was the major reason why it was listed as the most vulnerable country for 2015,” said Sonke, an official of Germanwatch.

Serbia pushed off Philippines which figured as the most vulnerable on the organisation’s global climate risk Index last year. The country had experienced heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in the southern Siberian regions of the Altai Territory, the Altai Republic and the Republic of Khakassia.The flooding left homes inundated and forced thousands of people to seek refuge. Experts say the flooding is due to meteorological changes that may become permanent.

The officials of Germanwatch made it clear that the indice was in no means to be seen as a basis for climate financing.

The Climate Change Performance Index evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 58 countries that are, together, responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.

80 percent of the evaluation is based on objective indicators of emissions trend and emissions level. 20 percent of the index results are built upon national and international climate policy assessments by more than 200 experts from the respective countries.

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