WMO Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes (1970-2019)

The data show that over the 50-year period, weather, climate and water hazards accounted for 50% of all disasters (including technological hazards), 45% of all reported deaths and 74% of all reported economic losses at global level. 

In Europe, despite the tragedy that occurred in July, the death toll from extreme weather is generally falling because of improved early warnings and better disaster management. However, floods and storms inflicted the largest economic losses in the past 50 years in Europe, at a cost of US$ 377.5 billion and such events are still causing victims among the population. However, heatwaves had the highest human toll.

Water is the primary vehicle through which we feel the impacts of climate change. To effectively address both water and climate challenges, we must bring climate change and water to the same table – into the same conversation, tackling them as one. Therefore WMO is spearheading a new Water and Climate Coalition, a community of multi-sectoral actors, guided by high-level leadership and focused on integrated water and climate action.

Link to the report: https://library.wmo.int/index.php?lvl=notice_display&id=21930

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