Billion-dollar natural disasters: Natural catastrophes in 2020 ‘create global economic loss of $210bn’

A new study shows six-in-ten of the costliest natural catastrophes during 2020 occurred in the US

New $250m loan for climate resilience in Kerala

The 2018 floods and landslides in Kerala affected around 5.4m people and 1.4m people were displaced from their homes

UK Foreign Office appoints new chief scientific adviser

Carole Mundell will also continue in her role as Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at Bath University

UK pledges £8.2m for nations to fight climate change

The funding will help countries prepare for natural disasters and lower greenhouse gas emissions

US natural disasters cost record $306bn last year

Weather and climate disasters cost the US a record $306 billion (£216.5bn) in 2017, the third warmest year. The nation experienced 16 natural disasters, each with losses exceeding $1 billion (£0.7bn), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That included one drought, two flooding, one freeze event, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones […]

Extreme weather ‘has caused $1.7tn climate risk gap’

Natural disasters and extreme weather have created a global climate risk protection gap of $1.7 trillion (£1.3tn) over the last decade. That’s according to insurance industry network ClimateWise, which suggests this figure arises from just 30% of catastrophic losses having been insured. The group suggests 2017 is on track to become one of the most […]