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Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 2021 brought more than its share of natural disasters. And as well as claiming around 10,000 lives, they also took a major financial toll. German reinsurer Munich Re says it was one of the most expensive years on record, with global damages estimated at around 280 billion dollars – only 120 billionContinue reading “Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News”

Tornadoes sweep US states, killing up to 100 people – DW News

As many as 100 people may be dead after one of the most devastating tornado storms in years struck the US. The state of Kentucky is hardest hit. Dozens there are feared in a single factory. Many more were trapped in an Amazon site in Illinois as twisters ripped across state lines. Kentucky Governor AndyContinue reading “Tornadoes sweep US states, killing up to 100 people – DW News”

Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)

Number of extreme weather disasters shot up nearly fivefold from 1970s to most recent decade due to global warming. The number of weather disasters – such as floods and heatwaves – driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in totalContinue reading “Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)”

Northern Spain sees major floods following Storm Barra – Global News

The River Arga in Spain’s northern region of Navarre broke its banks in the town of Villava on Friday, flooding streets and leaving many homes submerged under water with only their roof tops visible. Local media reported regional authorities were still quantifying the damage in Navarre caused by Storm Barra, adding the floods generated byContinue reading “Northern Spain sees major floods following Storm Barra – Global News”

World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

Largest global climate protest since pandemic Strike takes place weeks before COP26 summit Hundreds of thousands protest in Germany alone, organisers say ‘No political party is doing close to enough’, Thunberg says Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largestContinue reading “World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change”

Carbon bootprint: What’s NATO’s responsibility for the global climate crisis? | DW Analysis

The military is one of the most prolific polluters on earth, yet most governments all over the world are deliberately ignoring its carbon footprint. They’ve completely excluded it from commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So why is the military constantly left out when it comes to combatting climate change? And could this change?

World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns

Countries’ latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert disastrous climate change, UN report says. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned that a failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a “catastrophic” path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating. A UN report on 191 countries’ emissions promises found that they wouldContinue reading “World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns”

Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

‘Losses will be high’: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti as Tropical Storm Grace approaches

A massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Haiti early Saturday morning as tropical Tropical Storm Grace raced toward the island, potentially complicating rescue efforts.  The storm is expected to arrive late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The quake has sparked comparisons to a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people, according to theContinue reading “‘Losses will be high’: Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Haiti as Tropical Storm Grace approaches”

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