Natural Disasters

July 20, 2015--Natural disasters forced 20 million from their homes in 2014: Report (Reuters)

Nearly 20 million people were forced to flee their homes due to floods, storms and earthquakes last year, a problem likely to worsen due to climate change, but which could be eased by better construction, a report said on Monday. Asia is particularly prone to natural disasters, accounting for almost 90 percent of the 19.3 million displaced in 2014, led by typhoons in China and th


December 23, 2014--U.N. disaster chief warns of more natural catastrophes to come (New York Times)

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ top official on natural disasters, will be in Khao Lak on Friday for the anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with a message: “Expect events to happen that you have never seen before.


Natural Disasters on the Rise

According to a recent report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the world is nearly five times as disaster-prone as it was in the 1970s. The WMO researchers attributed this to increasing risks brought by climate change. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves.

July 14, 2014--8 charts that show how climate change is making the world more dangerous (The Guardian)

Forget the future. The world already is nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was in the 1970s, because of the increasing risks brought by climate change, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The first decade of the 21st century saw 3,496 natural disasters from floods, storms, droughts and heat waves.


February 14, 2014--Obama on California drought: Climate change threatens the nation (Huff Post)

Warning that weather-related disasters will only get worse, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. must rethink the way it uses water as he announced new federal aid to help drought-stricken California.


March 23, 2013--Crop insurance claims total $16B after widespread US drought; cost stirs debate in Congress (Washington Post)

Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.


January 26, 2013--Sandy and drought propel U.S. insurance losses (Los Angeles Times)

The U.S. share of insurance losses from worldwide catastrophes more than doubled in 2012 as Superstorm Sandy lashed the Northeast and the nation suffered its worst drought since the 1930s. The U.S. accounted for about 90%, or $65 billion, of $72 billion in global losses, according to the Impact Forecasting unit of Aon, the London insurance broker.


March 22, 2011--New technology could make desalination more accessible (New York Times)

In the aftermath of earthquakes and tsunamis, one of the most desperate needs for survivors is often to have access to clean drinking water. In the future, help may be on the way from Singapore.Desalination plants have long been essential to providing fresh water in places where natural supplies are lacking.


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