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Global temperature and natural disasters

One of the consequences of a disrupted climate is an increase in natural disasters and extreme weather events. There were five times more natural disasters in the last decade than in the 1970s. The graph is from the UN’s 2010 report on the least developed countries, and just shows disasters in the world’s 49 poorest countries. These countries emit just 1% of global greenhouse gases, but face the most severe effects of climate change.

 

 

 

 

3 comments

    1. Just scanned back through the report (http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/ldc2010_en.pdf) and it doesn’t seem to specify, but it is in the section on climate change.

      The data is from the International Disaster Database, emdat.be, which includes ten or so different categories of disaster. Of those, earthquakes, volcanoes, and insect infestations are the only ones that aren’t weather related in some way.

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