Climate change-related disasters have increased fivefold in the last 50 years UN


Climate-related disasters, such as floods and heatwaves, have grown fivefold in the last 50 years, killing nearly two million people and costing US$3.64 trillion (S$4.9 trillion) in total losses, according to a United Nations agency (Sept 1).
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) claims that its “Atlas” is the most thorough examination of death and economic losses caused by weather, water, and climate extremes ever published.
It looks at almost 11,000 catastrophes that happened between 1970 and 2019, including the Ethiopian drought of 1983, which was the most fatal with 300,000 deaths, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which was the most expensive with losses of US$163.6 billion.
According to the organization, a disaster connected to the weather, climate, or water risks has happened every day on average for the previous 50 years, killing 115 people and causing US$202 million in losses each day.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) attributed the growing frequency to climate change, and better disaster reporting in a study issued days after Category 4 Hurricane Ida wrecked devastation on southern Louisiana before triggering catastrophic floods in New York. Thanks to our better early warning services, we have reduced the number of casualties in such incidents, but the bad news is that economic losses are increasing rapidly and are expected to continue. “He said at a press conference the World Meteorological Organization.
Due to climate change, we will experience more extreme climates, and this unfavorable climate trend will continue for decades,” he said. According to the analysis, it is increasingly the result of global warming.
Analysis shows that due to climate change, the number of disasters has increased fivefold from the 1970s to the last ten years, raising people’s concern that extreme weather events will become more frequent due to global warming.


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