In a new report on the cost of climate change, the United Nations said that climate change has been the main driver for natural disasters in the world since 2000. Over the past 20 years, natural disasters have killed more than 1.2 million people, the UN announced Monday.
In its report, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNSDIR) found that over the past 20 years (2000-2019), 7,348 natural disasters have been recorded worldwide at an estimated cost of nearly $2.97 billion.
Several experts believe that large industrial countries bear a great responsibility for the deterioration of the climate and that the measures taken are often slow and disproportionate to the magnitude of the risks. In 2016, the Paris Agreement was signed with the objective of reducing the global warming rate to less than 2% and limiting it to 1.5%. Under the same agreement, the targets must be updated every five years. It also provides financial assistance to developing countries.