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UN Chief says Natural Disasters have Quadrupled since 1970

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently stated that “The number of natural disasters has nearly quadrupled since 1970,” and that… “The United States, followed by China and India have experienced the most disasters since 1995 and last year alone 24.2 million people were displaced by sudden onset disasters, three times as many as by conflict and violence.”

“Even before the recent floods, preliminary reports for this year show that there have been 2,087 deaths from natural disasters,” he said.

“It is true that scientists warn against linking any single event with climate change,” the secretary-general said. “But, they are equally clear that such extreme weather is precisely what their models predict will be the new normal of a warming world. With science forecasting a dramatic rise in both the frequency and severity of disasters it’s time to get serious about keeping ambitions high on climate action and on building resilience and reducing disaster risk.”

Asked if his message on climate change was directed at U.S. President Donald Trump — who pulled his nation out of the Paris Agreement on climate change earlier this year — Guterres replied, “We are totally committed to the Paris agreement and we hope that all countries will understand that it’s not only the right thing to do it’s also the smart thing to do because the green economy is the economy of the future.”

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