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Middle East startups rise to challenges of climate change

With COP27 underway in Egypt, climate adaptation startups in the Middle East and North Africa work to create new platforms in the face of the urgent action required to combat climate change.
A woman takes a photo of a display at the Sharm el-Sheikh International Convention Center during the COP27 climate conference, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 15, 2022.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the world’s largest annual climate conference this week with a dire warning that climate change is not just a problem for future generations.

“The deadly impacts of climate change are here and now,” Guterres said Nov. 13 during his opening speech of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Guterres said that it is too late for the world to focus exclusively on climate mitigation strategies, or policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent future temperature increases. Rather, he said the world needs to devote half of its climate funding to adaptation strategies, which communities can adjust to.

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