Climatic Hazards


Disasters triggered by natural hazards wreak havoc around the world. Millions of people are affected, injured or displaced each year. The cost of disaster-related property damage doubles every seven years [1].
In a world that it is warming, climatic hazards are of particular concern. The frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters are increasing, widening the gap between rich and poor countries [2].

Climatic hazards, which may be water-, wind- or temperature- related, have a low degree of predictability and a high degree of uncertainty. Examples include extreme precipitation, cyclones, droughts and heat waves [3].

Landslides may destroy residential, agricultural and industrial infrastructure, as well as cause injury and death. Droughts may adversely affect water supplies, jeopardizing access to drinking water which in turn impacts on agriculture, sanitation, energy and industrial output.

 

References

[1] ICSU 2008

[2] IPCC 2007 ditto

[3] UNEP/GRID-Europe, 2004

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