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Wed, 14 Oct 2020 09:24 - Updated Wed, 14 Oct 2020 09:24

Climate disasters will affect 162 million people in 2030

THE alert is released, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, by the World Meteorological Organization (OMM) in a joint report with 15 international agencies and institutions.

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In the report, the organization recalls that one in three people in the world is not covered by early warning systems against this type of catastrophe.

“Being prepared and being able to react at the right time and in the right place can save many lives and protect the livelihoods of communities around the world,” emphasized the UN Secretary-General. OMM, Petteri Taalas.

These systems serve to prevent everything from cyclones and hurricanes to floods, droughts, heat waves, forest fires, dust and sand storms, desert locust pests, winters harsh conditions or flash floods of glacial lakes.

The study recalls that, in the last half of the century, natural disasters associated with the climate caused more than two million deaths, 70% of them in less developed countries, and caused economic losses.

Although the average number of deaths from catastrophes fell by a third in that period, the number of disasters recorded increased fivefold and economic losses multiplied by seven, warns the report.

Petteri Taalas highlighted that although this year was marked by a health crisis, that of pandemic covid-19, “it is essential to remember that climate change will continue to pose a constant and growing threat to human life, ecosystems, economies and societies in the coming centuries”.

“The recovery of pandemic covid-19 is an opportunity to follow a more sustainable path in direction at resilience and adaptation to man-made climate change, “said the Finnish meteorologist.

The report highlights as a positive point the financing of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, which is reaching “unprecedented levels”.

However, they warn OMM and other agencies, measures adopted so far they are insufficient to cope with an average global warming of 1.5 degrees in this century, stressing that it would be necessary to invest around 180 million dollars annually between 2020 and 2030.Time24news

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