UN re­port: Life-or-death warn­ing

Deccan Chronicle - - WRAP-UP -

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.

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