By Jacob Miller, Summer 2015 ND-GAIN Intern | Research & Input by Corey Robinson, Summer Intern 2015
The threat of climate change has inspired people all over the world to study our environment, and it has yielded some interesting information. In an attempt to understand what the future could look like these five statistics have arisen, and they may be more surprising than you anticipated.
1. Total deaths from climate events in 2014: 8,056
Total economic damage from climate events in 2014: 90,866,687,000 (90.86 billion USD)
The International Disaster Database housed at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium is a database that logs data on disasters around the world by category of disaster over time since 1999, and allows us to view the total damage incurred in USD by each of these disasters. Below is the 2014 data for several disaster types, which shows a substantial number of deaths due to climate events in just one year. Additionally we can see that an astonishing amount of money is spent on these disasters each year, just over 90.86 Billion. This combination of over 8,000 deaths and 90.86 billion USD all due to climate related events is certainly a statistic that should get our attention.