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Natural disasters and global warming

Natural disasters and global warming

The word has been witnessing the multiplication of extreme climate phenomenon for many years. The natural disasters rising could be closely related to global warming.

For more than 40 years, global warming could be responsible for many cyclones, droughts, heavy rains, flooding and storms worldwide according to the climatologists’ organization IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

According to the UN, 9 out of 10 catastrophes could be due to climate.

Since the beginning of the 90’s, the annual average would have been 615 natural disasters and 66 000 deaths. The year 2010 has been impacted by almost 950 natural disasters and 295 000 deaths directly related to those events.

The number of cyclones (between 70 and 90 per year) has been stable for many years; however, their intensity has significantly continued to increase. Indeed, an IPCC study reveals that there are more cyclones of level 4 or 5.

Summer 2017 has been impacted by Harvey, Irma, José and Maria, four major cyclones which were very close in time and in the same region. According to the recent history of meteorology, meaning hundreds years ago, the West Indies area has never been touched by a hurricane of level 5 before being struck in quick succession. In 100 years, North Atlantic has known 33 hurricanes of this category among which 11 happened in the 21st century.

Why is Earth warming up ?

The effects of climate change

Individual initiatives for environment protection