Over the years, natural disasters have damaged the world economy by $ 3.64 trillion.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, the number of weather-related natural disasters has increased fivefold over the past 50 years.
Scientists say that natural disasters have become more frequent due to climate change and more extreme weather conditions. However, deaths due to increasing storms, floods and droughts have become much less.
In recent years, natural disasters have become better recorded: the quality of observations has increased markedly.
According to experts, it is the new warning and forecasting systems that have helped reduce the number of victims. In recent decades, the average annual temperature of the planet has risen significantly, which has led to an increase in the number of natural disasters associated with the weather.
According to the new WMO Atlas, more than 11,000 such disasters have occurred in 50 years (1970 to 2019).
As a result, more than two million people died and their economic damage is estimated at $3.64 trillion.
The warmest New Year’s Eve in the history of the country was recorded in Great Britain
In Somerset, the temperature reached 15.8 ° C. Earlier, the highest figure was recorded in 2011 in Colvin Bay – 14.8 ° C, according to Sky News.
“This is the warmest New Year’s Eve in the history of observations in the UK,” –said forecasters.
The Meteorological Bureau said that temperatures will continue to rise across the country on January 1, 2022.
In some parts of the south and east of England, including London and Lincolnshire, the weather is expected to be milder.
In addition to a warm New Year’s Eve, Europe in 2021 was the warmest summer in the history of observations.
In 2021, Europe has experienced the hottest summer in the history of observations – scientists
In Europe, 2021 was the warmest summer in the history of observations, although the temperature did not differ much compared to the previous two years in June, July and August, Reuters reports. Previous temperature records of 2010 and 2018 were 0.1 degrees colder.
According to the European Climate Change Service Copernicus, the average temperature in June-August was almost 1.0° C higher than the 1991-2020 average. The previous warmest summers of 2010 and 2018 were 0.1 degrees colder.
Globally, August 2021, along with August 2017, became the third hottest in the history of observations – slightly more than 0.3° C warmer than the average for 1991-2020.
Copernicus data have been monitored since 1950, but have been compared with other data sets since the mid-19th century.
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