Skip to comments.US soars up list of climate-impacted countries - report
Posted on 11/27/2012 4:13:21 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
LONDON (AlertNet) - Flood-hit countries in Latin America and Asia particularly Thailand, Cambodia and Pakistan were the most severely affected by climate change in 2011, according to rankings released Tuesday.
But the United States soared up the worst-hit list as a result of a spate of tornados, record-breaking temperatures and intense hurricanes in 2011 - which suggests the countrys recent damage from Hurricane Sandy may be part of a trend toward greater vulnerability to climate impacts.
The United States, which has been on the most-affected list previously, including after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, moved from 30th place in 2010 to 7th last year.
Increasingly frequent extreme weather suggests they should definitely be concerned over the impacts on economics and people, said Sven Harmeling, a lead author of the Global Climate Risk Index 2013 report by Germanwatch, which works on environment and development issues.
The report, he said, adds to the message of the significant impacts were already facing today from climate change, and we hope will give impetus for some comprehensive action on loss and damage - the question of how to deal with the negative effects of climate variability and climate change that people are unable to cope with or adapt to, and who should pay for it.
That issue is expected to be one of the emerging focuses at the U.N.-led global climate negotiations, which began Monday in Doha, Qatar.
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And the more such pride that I see in publications and policies, the more difficult weather that we seem to receive. Wait until more prideful folks see what’s going on with the drought. Maybe an extended minimum (fluctuations more toward cold) after this solar maximum drought will make them more humble. Maybe not. It’s the greatest occasional show on earth. Let’s watch it play out.