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2019 Climate breakdown cost

2019 Climate breakdown cost 6 January 2020

Climate crisis linked to at least 15 $1bn–plus disasters in 2019 (via The Guardian)

By Fiona Harvey

Climate breakdown played a key role in at least 15 events in 2019 that cost more than $1bn (£760m) in damage, with more than half of those costing more than $10bn each.

Extreme weather including floods, storms, droughts and wildfires struck every inhabited continent in the past year, causing devastation and loss of life. Christian Aid, which tracked climate–related destruction in 2019, said the costs in human terms and insured losses were likely to have been underestimated.

Floods in Argentina and Uruguay in January this year forced 11,000 people from their homes. Cyclone Idai killed 1,300 people in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi in March, and Cyclone Fani struck India and Bangladesh in May and June. A stronger than usual monsoon killed 1,900 people in India.

 Read more via The Guardian