Act Now on Climate -- or Pay More for Disasters Later: UN, World Bank

"UNITED NATIONS -- Annual monetary losses for natural disasters are expected to rise to $185 billion worldwide by the end of the century, even without factoring in the anticipated negative impacts of climate change, a new joint U.N. and World Bank study concludes.

With climate change included, the global annual losses could increase by anywhere from $28 billion to $68 billion. But governments can drastically reduce these losses and rising mortality rates by implementing preventive systems and infrastructure changes that are much cheaper and simpler than the post-disaster cleanup that has been drawing so much public funds recently."

Nathanial Gronewold reports for ClimateWire November 11, 2010.

Friday, November 12, 2010