This is how natural disasters impact men and women differently

5 Natural Disasters That Stunned The World In The Last Month

Climate disasters are becoming increasingly common, with at least five unexpected natural events hitting the headlines over the last month.

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The floods in New Jersey after Hurricane Ida

Since the United Nations confirmed that the window for reverting climate change was closing back in August, an increasing number of natural catastrophes appear to have only underlined the pressing issue.

Here’s a list of just the most recent disasters around the world…READ ON

This is how natural disasters impact men and women differently

Natural disasters, which are becoming more prevalent because of our changing climate, affect men and women differently. In fact, women are disproportionately affected by disasters. Girls and women are now a staggering 14 times more likely to die in a disaster compared to men.

“In Bangladesh, which is considered the epicenter of climate change, the World Health Organisation has estimated that in 8 out of 10 homes, women are exposed to the risk of harassment, sexual assault and rape when collecting water.”

Emily Ragus is a General Sir John Monash Scholar and PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam

So far in 2021, there have been global surges of unprecedented weather patterns that are alarming climate scientists. Devastating floods ravaged Germany; extreme heat waves and monstrous fires were recorded in the US; unprecedented rainfall created flash flooding throughout Bangladesh and land sides hit Panama.

These few instances add to the collection of mounting numbers of extreme weather events which are witnessed across the globe. Between 2008 and 2017, 84 percent of all recorded disasters were climate-related. Compared to the period between 1980 and 1999, this proportion has almost doubled over the last two decades…READ ON

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