The disturbing increase in natural disasters
A natural disaster is an event caused by nature, or the brutal natural processes of the earth causing major upheavals that can lead to huge material and human damage. We talk about natural disaster only when it takes place on an inhabited areas. Many examples of natural disasters : floods, hurricans, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, landslide, tsunami… The recent Hurricane Harvey in Houston is an opportunity to remind people once again that disasters are increasingly numerous and disastrous, and that it is time to come to the obvious and face the facts : climate change must not be taking lightly.
A terrifying increase in natural disasters
Like all things measurable, disasters have been studied. This is how ever since 2000 there has been more than 400 natural disasters a year in the world. According to the annual report of Munich Re, the world experienced in 2016, 327 natural disasters, or nearly one per day. According to another study, the number of cyclones would have doubled in just one century.
The diagram below illustrates the fact that the number of natural disasters is constantly increasing.
Source : notre-planete.info ; données : EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be – Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Natural disasters become more and more intense as the years go on. A consequence of global warming ?
This is a very significant issue which divides, once again scientists. It is clear that climate change is having an impact on these disasters and their accumulation. In a recent article in “the guardian,” a journalist put forward the idea that Hurricane Harvey was not necessarily caused by climate change, but that it certainly caused it to get worse. Indeed, global warming causes an increase in water levels and a warming of the water of the oceans, and that the whole would be ” a simple thermodynamic relationship “.
Climate change would not be directly affected, but it should be taken seriously into account in the accumulating disasters. What to call upon some climate change skeptics. And as the saying goes: only fools never change their minds.