Natural disasters are increasing around the world as the climate changes, costing lives and billions of dollars in damage, and governments need to act to minimise the effects, a conference on natural calamity mitigation heard last month, reports Paul Cox at Aljazeera. The global disaster conference brought together more than 3,500 delegates from nearly all countries to discuss reducing the risk of natural disasters in the years ahead. Political and community leaders met with scientists, NGOs, international agencies and businesses to give input and to question why recent attempts to manage disaster risks haven’t slowed the rising tide of destruction. The UN has estimated the direct economic cost of disasters since 2000 is almost $1.5 trillion, but indicated the cost could well be more. As the thermometer rises, so does the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported last year that droughts and heat waves are growing harsher and longer, causing deaths, fires and crop failure. More intense rain storms are causing flooding and landslides. The most reasonable answer? Bring populations to sustainable levels, levels which create a sustainable climate.
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World faces mounting damage from disasters. Natural disasters are increasing around the world as the climate changes, costing lives and billions of dollars in damage, and governments need to act to minimise the effects, a conference on natural calamity mitigation in Geneva heard last month. Al Jazeera