Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2019
Just published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the report is based on disaster data from EM-DAT, and has been prepared with UNDRR and WHO amongst others. It is structured with sections by region around the globe, type of event, and economic vs mortality impacts. The analysis raises some important issues around:
- In a changing climate, the headline message that the number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years
- The differences in the most impactful disaster type per region, and how best to use this insight in adapting to a changing climate
- The very positive news that Early Warning Systems appear to be working and despite the greater number of storms, floods and droughts the number of deaths has fallen sharply.
The report will be important material for the forthcoming WMO sponsored International Workshop on Loss and Damage Data and Statistics planned for the end of 2021.