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UN Warns of Rise in Climate Disasters Over Past 20 Years

“There has been a ‘staggering' rise in natural disasters over the past 20 years and the climate crisis is to blame, the United Nations said Monday.

Researchers pointed to a failure of political and business leaders to take meaningful action to mitigate the impact of climatic change and stop the planet from turning into ‘an uninhabitable hell for millions of people.'

Meanwhile, the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million people and infected at least 37 million, has exposed the failure of ‘almost all nations' to prevent a ‘wave of death and illness' despite repeated warnings from experts, the report said.

Between 2000 and 2019, there were 7,348 major natural disasters — including earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes — that claimed 1.23 million lives, affected 4.2 billion people and resulted in $2.97 trillion in global economic losses, according to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).”

Helen Regan reports for CNN October 13, 2020.


“Climate Change A Factor In Most Of The 7,000 Natural Disasters Over Last 20 Years: UN Report” (The Hill)

“UN: Climate Change Means More Weather Disasters Every Year” (AP)