First comprehensive study on climate mortality — projects rapidly increasing death toll especially among children because of climate change.
The report offers some sobering findings.. there are an estimated 350,000 climate-related deaths per year, and that number is expected to nearly double by 2020 and triple by 2030. Not surprisingly, most of those impacted will be children and women in the poorest parts of the world.
The data charts provided in the report reveal a tragic irony — the countries that pollute the most are affected the least. Compare North America with East Africa across four impact types — economic loss, habitat loss, human health and extreme weather impacts:
In the U.S. and Canada, habitat loss increases significantly, but all other impact types remain constant. Africa starts out worse, and gets far worse with mortality doubling while habitat and economic losses quadruple.
DARA, a leading humanitarian research organization, director Ross Mountain tries to put these findings in perspective:
If we let pressures more than triple, or worse, no amount of humanitarian assistance or development aid is going to stem the suffering and devastation. Highly fragile countries will become graveyards over which we pour billions of dollars. Low‐lying islands will simply not be viable anymore, then disappear. We will all pay and we will pay big time.
The report looks at 184 countries with some of the hardest-hit countries experiencing a 300 percent increase in climate impacts. By 2030, 170 countries will experience at least one significant climate-related impact. This is bad news for the global economy. The world is now experiencing about $130 billion in financial losses due to climate change. By 2020, that number will rise to $200 billion, and by 2030 it will be close to $275 billion in annual losses related to managing marketing instabilities, sea level rise and disaster impacts.blog comments powered by Disqus