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Extreme weather intensified by climate change hit the world’s poorest countries hardest in 2019, according to the latest Global Climate Risk Index by environmental organization Germanwatch. Eight of the 10 countries hardest hit by extreme weather since 2000 are poorer nations that haven’t produced the emissions that are now upending weather patterns. Leaders of industrialized countries — who have high historic emissions — have promised $100 billion to finance climate adaptation in poorer nations, a promise that isn’t currently being kept. But Kristalina Georgieva, who leads the International Monetary Fund, said recently that the global response to the pandemic should help poorer countries take on the climate crisis.
Why this Matters: The emissions causing the climate crisis have mostly been emitted by wealthier nations, which should bear the largest financial responsibility. In the past, global institutions like the IMF have been criticized for imposing policies that promoted privatization at the expense of public health and environmental concerns. The pandemic has only reinforced that climate, health, and economic risks are intertwined. Georgieva hopes to use the recovery as an opportunity to help countries adapt to extreme weather and other shifts.
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“The good news is that it can be win-win-win-win,” Georgieva told The Guardian. “Building resilience can be good for nature and ecosystems; it can be good for economic growth; at a time when economies have lost low-skilled jobs, it boosts job creation; and the fourth win is that it can bring health benefits [such as reduced air pollution].” The index, which has been published for 16 years now, ranks which countries and regions have been most impacted by extreme weather made worse by climate change.
In 2019, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and the Bahamas were most affected as a result of Cyclone Idai hitting the southeast coast of Africa and Hurricane Dorian wrecking damage on the Caribbean.
Cyclone Idai was one of the deadliest and costliest cyclones, with heavy rains that caused flash floods and landslides.
Of the ten most affected countries in 2019, six were hit by tropical cyclones
From 2000 to 2019 . .
Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti were most impacted by extreme weather.
Globally, over 475,000 people died as a direct result of more than 11,000 extreme weather events
These weather events totaled $ 2.56 trillion in losses
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This March will continue to bring more severe weather to the United States. An atmospheric river event — the “Pineapple Express” — is forecast to induce a rainy season in Washington and Oregon, as well as an increased risk of avalanches in the Pacific Northwest. As the Pineapple Express […]
We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. […]
After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm. Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.
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