Poor Countries Are Hit Worst By Extreme Weather, But No One Is Safe

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Germany among top three countries suffering most from extreme weather events

As the Earth warms, climate change-related disasters are on the rise. More people are being killed as a result of heatwaves, droughts and storms. In 2018, Japan, the Philippines and Germany were hit particularly hard.

To what extent have extreme weather events inflicted casualties and financial losses around the world? And which countries are worst-affected?

The answers to these questions have been provided by the Global Climate Risk Index. For 14 years, the environmental and development organization, Germanwatch, has presented this report at the annual United Nations climate conference (COP). For 2018, the index revealed Japan, the Philippines and Germany were hardest hit by weather extremes.

At the top of the ranking is Japan where 1,282 people lost their lives as a result of extreme rainfall, heatwaves and typhoons last year. The total damage was equivalent to €32 billion ($35 billion) and led to the loss of 0.6% of Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP)

The figures are sourced from the database of reinsurance company Munich Re. Covering 30,000 natural disasters, their NatCaTSERVICE database is one of the largest of its kind in the world, making it possible to compare the impact of extreme weather events in different countries. From the number of deaths per million inhabitants and the amount of damage per GDP, experts determine the ranking of each country…


Poor Countries Are Hit Worst By Extreme Weather, But No One Is Safe

If you asked me to guess the top three countries impacted by the climate crisis, I’d probably choose three countries in the Global South. I might guess the Philippines because it’s seen such bad typhoons in recent years. Maybe I’d say Uganda because it’s had such awful drought seasons, or Yemen because its water shortages have gotten so much worse.

I probably wouldn’t guess Germany. But according to a new report released Wednesday, Germany ranks third among countries affected most by the impacts of extreme weather in 2018. Germanwatch’s 2020 Global Climate Risk Index found that the three countries most affected by extreme weather in 2018 were Japan, the Philippines and, yup, Germany.

The authors examined the impacts of floods, storms, heatwaves, and other extreme weather on a variety of socioeconomic factors, from the number of lives lost to the number of dollars in damage sustained over the course of 2018. They then crunched the numbers to create…


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