Tuesday, 13 October 2020 12:35

UNO: Climate change increases the number of natural disasters​

The number of natural disasters has doubled since 2000. UN experts came to the conclusion that the main reason for this is climate change.

Climate change is the main reason for the doubling of the number of natural disasters since 2000, says the report of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), released in Geneva on the occasion of the international day for disaster reduction marked on October 13.

​ ​ ​ ​ From 2000 to 2019, the UN Office registered 7,348 major natural disasters worldwide - almost double the number from 1980 to 1999. Nearly three thousand disasters occurred in Asia, 1,800 in the Americas, and about one thousand in Africa. The number of earthquakes, tsunamis and catastrophes caused mainly by climate change has increased significantly, from 3,600 to almost 6,600.

165 thousand people died from extreme heat waves alone. In total, 4.2 billion people suffered from natural disasters - one billion more than in the previous twenty years. Economic damage caused by disasters reached 3 trillion dollars. The authors of the report note that the real damage is apparently much higher since many countries, especially in Asia and Africa, do not publish data about economic consequences of natural disasters.

“We are willfully destructive. That is the only conclusion one can come to when reviewing disaster events over the last 20 years”, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori noted. She urged on the governments to make more vigorous efforts to prevent climate risks.

“It is very important to listen to scientific knowledge and warnings and, accordingly, invest in prevention, adaptation to climate change and preparation for natural disasters”, Mizutori emphasized.

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