New UN report: The human cost of disasters

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by Joseph Merz
13th October
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The UN has released a new report “The human cost of disasters: an overview of the last 20 years (2000-2019)”.

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.

Over the last twenty years, 7,348 disaster events were recorded worldwide by EM-DAT, one of the foremost international databases of such events. In total, as seen in Figure 1, disasters claimed approximately 1.23 million lives, an average of 60,000 per annum, and affected a total of over 4 billion people (many on more than one occasion).

Read the full report here.

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