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North America Tops Climate Change Hit List

Posted 12 years ago

It seems that North America tops the list of places that has seen an increase in the number of natural disasters, and especially those concerned with climate change. That is stated in the report that was released by the world’s largest insurance company.

The rise in the number of these disasters is most evident in the United States and the rest of North America. These include severe heat, tornadoes, very strong hurricanes, and flooding. The report says that these are all marks of the changing climate.

Here is part of an article by Theo Spencer for the Switchboard.nrdc.org,  “Today, the world’s largest reinsurance company released a report stating the number of weather catastrophes has risen dramatically across the globe since 1980.

“North America is the continent with the largest increase in disasters,” Munich Re’s Dr. Peter Roder is quoting as saying in a front page story in USA Today.

“Nowhere in the world is the rising number of annual natural catastrophes more evident than in North America,” the report’s Executive Summary states (the study is not publicly available yet, but we were able to obtain a copy). These events include tornadoes, searing heat and drought, hurricanes and floods.

Munich Re calls its findings the first “footprint” of climate change in natural disaster data. The report is titled “Severe Weather in North America: Perils, Risks, Insurance” and is aimed at regular insurance companies, clients and investors.”

You can read the full article here.

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