Tuesday night time owls. UN: Disasters over the previous 20 years have killed 1.23 million folks and value $ 2.97 trillion

China with 577 and the US with 467 saw the most catastrophic events in these 20 years, India with 321, the Philippines with 304 and Indonesia with 278, according to the United States. Eight of the ten most affected nations are in Asia. The foreword of the report reads:

Disasters have never waited for their turn and the risk is increasingly linked. Risk drivers and consequences multiply and cascade and collide in unexpected ways. We need to have an adequate systemic response with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies that are fit for purpose. Political engagement, strategies, and scenario planning have never been more important to disaster risk management.

While this report focuses primarily on the staggering increase in climate-related disasters over the past twenty years, it is also a commentary on the need to manage disaster risk for the full range of natural and man-made hazards, including those associated with the environment and the environment Reinforce technology disasters and biological hazards and risks.

In the short term, the civil protection agencies have succeeded in saving many lives through improved readiness and the commitment of employees and volunteers. However, the opportunities remain opposed to them, especially from industrialized nations that miserably fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to levels consistent with the Paris Agreement target of keeping global warming at 1.5 ° C.


Reuters' Stephanie Nebehay reports:

Debarati Guha-Sapir, of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters at the University of Louvain, Belgium, who provided data for the report, said: “If this growth in extreme weather events continues for the next twenty years, the future of humanity is here very desolate indeed.

"Heat waves will be our biggest challenge for the next 10 years, especially in poor countries," she said.

Last month was the hottest September in the world, with unusually high temperatures off Siberia, the Middle East and parts of South America and Australia, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said.



“Everything that is physically possible can always be made financially possible. Money is a Bugaboo of little heads. " ~~ Robert A. Heinlein



At Daily Kos that day in 2010—Remember that the Chamber's Progress documents more foreign funding:

ThinkProgress has a new investigation to complement theirs story from last week documenting that "the disclosure of fundraising documents was distributed by US Chamber staff to foreign (even state) corporations to donate directly to Chamber 501 (c) (6)" .

This new chapter of the investigation complements the ThinkProgress case considerably, as very specific donations are documented that go well beyond what the Chamber has publicly acknowledged in interviews.

ThinkProgress began by documenting the three ways the Chamber raises funds from overseas companies and how that money goes to their "501 (c) (6)" entity, the same account their unprecedented $ 75 million advertising campaign is for Partisan attacks financed ". The chamber responded by focusing on just one of these fundraising avenues – the Red Hering AmChams, the network of international chamber associations made up of American and foreign companies. The board recognizes their existence and that they receive money from them, but has blocked any attempt to determine whether or not that money gets on their Republican attack reports. To date, the traditional media has just bought this story and accepted the Chamber's "Just Trust Us" line.


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