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ONU contabiliza el costo de los desastres relacionados con el clima

October 12, 2018 - Las pérdidas económicas por desastres relacionados con el clima alcanzaron un total de $2,25 billones en las dos décadas pasadas, incremento de más de 150 por ciento frente al periodo anterior de 20 años, según la ONU

From 1998 to 2017, reported losses from all natural disasters totalled $2.9 trillion, of which 77 percent was due to extreme weather events, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said.

This compares with overall losses of $1.3 trillion from 1978 to 1997, of which climate-related disasters accounted for $895 billion or 68 percent.

Losses were greatest in the United States at over $944 billion, followed by China at $492 billion and Japan at $376 billion.

The UNISDR cautioned that the 1998-2017 figures rely on official reports, so more economically powerful countries are generally overrepresented. Insurance is less widespread in developing countries.

PUBLISHED: 12/10/2018; STORY: Graphic News
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