The world is paying a high price for weather-related disasters, with nearly US$2 trillion in losses and more than 600,000 deaths in the past 20 years alone.
That’s the finding of a report launched Monday by the UN’s disaster risk office (UNISDR) and Belgium’s Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters.
The report shows how weather and climate are major drivers of disaster risk.
It comes as world leaders prepare for next week’s global conference on climate change to be held in Paris.
Dianne Penn reports.