Good News: Climate Disaster Events & Deaths Down

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Here’s some good news from the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR): 2009 was a relatively good year when it comes to the issue of climate disaster occurrences.

Climate disasters still happened, but fewer severe events occurred and fewer people died because of them in 2009 than in 2008.

How does the ISDR measure climate disasters? 

The ISDR records how many people lost their lives due to climate disasters, as well as the number of climate disasters which occur.

In 2009 the ISDR took account of 224 climate disasters and noted 7,000 people died in those events. In 2008, a total of 235,816 were killed in 321 climate disasters.

Climate disasters measured in the ISDR data include severe weather like floods and hurricanes.

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