Climate change disasters may be a step up for poor

A new study in Honduras suggests that climate-related weather disasters may sometimes actually provide opportunities for the rural poor to improve their lives.

Researchers found that that the poorest inhabitants of a small village in northeastern Honduras increased their land wealth and their share of earnings relative to more wealthy residents after Hurricane Mitch devastated their village in October 1998.

The findings offer a glimmer of hope from widespread concerns that the world’s poor will suffer the most from shocks created by global climate change.

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