Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that's unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying.
A report by a Chinese human rights organization has called out the US for its history of military interventions. The accusation continues an ongoing tit-for-tat between the two major powers.
The ten costliest weather disasters worldwide this year saw insured damages worth $150 billion, according to a report published on Monday. The same disasters claimed at least 3,500 lives and displaced more than 13.5 million people. From Australia's out-of-control wildfires in January to a record number of Atlantic hurricanes through November, the true cost of the year's climate-enhanced calamities was in fact far higher because most losses were uninsured.