Extreme weather events and other disasters over the past 20 years have become more common and more costly, pushing millions of people toward “an uninhabitable hell.” according to a UN report published yesterday.
The “Human Cost of Disasters” report chronicling disasters’ toll from 2000-2019 documented:
- 7,348 major disaster events
- 4.2 billion people affected
- 1.23 million lives lost
- $2.97 trillion in global economic losses
Disasters caused by extreme weather events over the past 20 years almost doubled to 6,681 from the 3,656 that occurred between 1980 and 1999, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
Leaders must invest in “prevention, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction,” said co-author Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General's special representative for disaster risk deduction.
The Quote: “It is baffling that we willingly and knowingly continue to sow the seeds of our own destruction, despite the science and evidence that we are turning our only home into an uninhabitable hell for millions of people,” wrote the co-authors.