The world continued to pay a very high price for extreme weather in 2020, according to a report from the charity Christian Aid. Against a backdrop of climate change, its study lists 10 events that saw thousands of lives lost and major insurance costs. Six of the events took place in Asia, with floods in China and India causing damages of more than $40bn. In the US, record hurricanes and wildfires caused some $60bn in losses.
BBC 27th Dec 2020 read more »
The 10 most destructive extreme weather events in 2020 cost the world about $140bn (£105bn), a new report has revealed. This year saw huge fires in Australia and the western US, extreme flooding in China, India and Pakistan, and severe storms in Asia and North America. The record-breaking hurricane season in the Atlantic was particularly costly, according to an annual report from UK charity Christian Aid.
Independent 28th Dec 2020 read more »
The year started with some disturbing images from Australia. Scorched koalas. The beginning of 2020 marked the mid-point of Australia’s 2019-2020 bushfire season, which saw a record amount of land burned in the east of the country. More than 30 people died in the bushfires, including nine firefighters. Conservative estimates suggest more than one billion mammals, birds and reptiles also perished in the flames.
Independent 24th Dec 2020 read more »