Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weather was world's biggest killer in 2008

Cyclone Nargis killed 135, 000 in Myanmar and thousands died in other weather related phenomena. When weather is killing more people than anything else, it might be time to consider taking global climate concerns more seriously.
clipped from news.yahoo.com
Natural disasters 'killed over 220,000' in 2008

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, the world's number two reinsurer said Monday.

Although the number of natural disasters was lower than in 2007, the catastrophes that occurred proved to be more destructive in terms of the number of victims and the financial cost of the damage caused, Germany-based Munich Re said in its annual assessment.

"This continues the long-term trend we have been observing. Climate change has already started and is very probably contributing to increasingly frequent weather extremes and ensuing natural catastrophes," Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said.

Typhoon Fengshen killed 557 people in China and the Philippines in June, while earthquakes in Pakistan in October left 300 dead.

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