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Study: Climate-related Disasters on Rise

Study: Climate-related Disasters on Rise

A new report finds most natural disasters in 2014 were climate-related. The 2015 World Disasters Report, issued Thursday by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, say climate change will lead to an increase in the frequency and severity of future hazards. Compared to previous years, 2014 was in many ways a statistically better year in regard to global disasters. The latest report cites 317 disasters worldwide, the lowest number of the decade or 17 percent below the average…

 

Asia hit hardest by natural disasters in 2014: report

asia hit hardesGeneva (AFP) – Asia was the continent hit hardest by natural disasters in 2014, with China getting the worst of it with 58 million people affected, according to an annual report released Thursday in Geneva. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said in its 2015 World Disasters Report that while there were 317 natural disasters reported worldwide in 2014, it was actually the lowest number of the decade. Disasters caused 8,186 deaths worldwide in 2014, but that mortality rate is the lowest since 1986 (7,303), and 90 percent lower than the decade average…

 

Wildfires as natural disasters?

Simpson’s legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, would change the way the United States fights wildfires. It would discard the method used now for wildfire suppression, and replace it with one that treats wildfires like natural disasters. “The catastrophic fires our country has experienced this year has shown a lot of light and brought a lot of attention to wildfires, and giving us the opportunity to educate other members of congress of how we need to fight them and the funding, and how it’s currently being done and what we could do better,” said Congressman Mike Simpson’s District Director Nikki Wallace…

 

 

 

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