A new disaster report from the United Nations found that weather-related disasters over the past 10 years have occurred almost daily — nearly twice as often as they did two decades ago.
The report released Monday, titled “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters,” concluded that over the past two decades, 90 percent of disasters were tied to “floods, storms, heat waves and other weather-related events.” The remaining 10 percent were “geophysical” disasters, including earthquakes and volcanoes.
While the study authors say the “jury’s out” on whether the rise in weather events is connected to climate change, many climatologists agree that a warming atmosphere exacerbates the severity of some weather disasters.
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