Cost of natural disasters spiked in 2016

The financial losses caused by natural disasters in 2016 were the worst for four years. According to insurance group Munich Re, a series of devastating earthquakes, floods, storms and wildfires saw global damages rise to $175 billion (£142.3bn). That was two thirds higher than the year before although not quite as high as the losses inflicted […]

Climate change ‘linked to rising natural disasters’

There are more natural disasters due to greater extremes in temperatures from rising greenhouse gases. That’s according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank. It found global temperatures are already halfway to the 2°C warming threshold for limiting catastrophic climate impacts. It states: “Impacts are not just concerns for the distant future but are already […]