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People are being uprooted and vital resources are becoming increasingly scarce, while those suffering the most severe consequences of climate change are also among those who have done the least to cause it.That is why the Philippines used its chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum – an alliance of the 48 countries that stand to bear the brunt of climate change – to fight to ensure that the 2015 Paris climate agreement aimed explicitly to cap global warming at 1.5 C above preindustrial levels. Climate-change deniers – those who refuse to believe the science of human-induced global warming – continue to dismiss any such effort to stem the rise in the planet's temperature as futile and unnecessary.According to a report published last year by the United Nations Development Program, maintaining the 1.5 C threshold and creating a low-carbon economy would add as much as $12 trillion to global GDP, compared to a scenario in which the world sticks to current policies and emissions-reduction pledges.The members of the CVF have already committed to doing our part, pledging at last year's U.N. Climate Change Conference in Marrakech to complete the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as soon as possible. Our emissions are already among the world's smallest, but our climate targets are the world's most ambitious.
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