UN report: Life-or-death warning
In the 728-page document, the UN detailed how Earth’s weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world’s leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit (a half degree Celsius) from now, instead of the globally agreedupon goal of 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C).
India suffered a whopping $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years, according to the report which highlights the impact of extreme weather events on the global economy.
The report titled 'Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017' was compiled by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. It states that the years between 1998 to 2017 have seen a dramatic rise of 151 per cent in direct economic losses from climate-related disasters.
The UNISDR noted that “climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events” such as floods and storms. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, it was clear that disasters have a steep human cost as millions of people are displaced every year, losing homes and jobs because of extreme weather events and earthquakes.
“A better understanding of the economic losses from extreme weather events can help to generate greater action on climate change and increased ambition on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.“The report was released ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction on October 13. The report concludes that climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.