Thursday, December 29, 2022

The Cost of Climate Change


Extreme weather events caused severe human suffering from food insecurity, drought, mass displacements and loss of life. No corner of the globe was spared from the costliest climate impacts in 2022.

 A devastating drought has affected more than 36 million people in East Africa, pushing many to the brink of famine. Whilst people in East Africa have been suffering from drought, in West Africa 1.3 million people were displaced by floods which killed more than 600 people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali and Niger.

February's Storm Eunice set a new UK wind speed record of 122mph and Hurricane Fiona struck the Caribbean and Canada in September and caused losses valued at more than $3 billion in just a few days. Other events took months to unfold, like the droughts in Brazil and China which lasted all year.

 Hurricane Ian struck the US and Cuba in September costing $100 billion and displacing 40,000 people. The drought in Europe heatwave in Europe cost $20 billion while floods in Pakistan killed more than 1,700 people, displaced a further 7 million

The increasing frequency of heatwaves, due to climate change, resulted in an estimated 98 million more people suffering from moderate or severe food insecurity in 2020 compared to the 1981--2010 average.

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