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As Cost of Climate Change Rises, UN Urges Compensation

Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, second right, and other activists engage in a 'Show US The Money' protest at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 8, 2021. From drought to cyclones and sea level rise, the cost of damage caused by climate change in Africa will only get higher as the world warms, stirring concerns from activists and officials about how to pay for it. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, second right, and other activists engage in a 'Show US The Money' protest at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 8, 2021. From drought to cyclones and sea level rise, the cost of damage caused by climate change in Africa will only get higher as the world warms, stirring concerns from activists and officials about how to pay for it. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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(AP) -- From drought to floods and sea level rise, the cost of damage caused by climate change will only get higher as the world warms, sparking concerns from both top officials and activists about how to pay for it.

“Loss and damage from the climate crisis is not a future event. It is happening now, all around us,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on a visit to Pakistan, which recently suffered from devastating floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people and left over a thousand dead.