How much do climate disasters cost, the disasters that happen in the world due to the imbalance of the climate? A lot, a lot. Over the past 20 years they have increased by more than 800%. Only about half of the total expenditure was borne by rich countries.

Climate disasters present the bill: in twenty years they have grown by 800%

Climate disasters in the last 20 years have increased by more than 800%

2021 was the third most expensive year on record for damage from extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and forest fires – an estimated $ 329 billion in spending. Except that the richest and most industrialized countries (those with the most responsibility for climate change) contributed only about half of the total expenditure.

Poor countries in fact appealed for $ 53-75 billion in humanitarian aid but received only $ 35-42 billion. The deficit (which Oxfam in one of its reports defines as “painfully inadequate”) is the photograph of selfishness that increases inequality.

Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO of Oxfam GB, accuses at the talks in Bonn on the topic of environmental damage: “Rich countries not only fail to provide sufficient humanitarian aid when weather-related disasters strike but cannot even maintain their pledging to provide $ 100 billion annually to help developing countries adapt to climate change and by blocking funding applications to help them recover from impacts such as land that has become uncultivated and infrastructure damaged. ” Rich countries, explains Sriskandarajah, “must take full responsibility for the damage their emissions are causing and provide new funding for the losses and damage caused by climate change in poorer countries.”

The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa said on Monday it was time to address the issue of losses and damages “in an open, constructive and respectful way”.

The percentage of official development assistance (ODA) money used for climate spending has barely changed over the past decade, even as the sums demanded by the disaster-stricken countries were skyrocketing. In 2017, extreme weather was cited as an “important” factor in most UN humanitarian appeals for the first time, the Oxfam report said. By 2021, it has become a factor considered “important” or in 78% of all these appeals, up from 35.7% in 2000.

The UN expects a further 40% increase in climate disasters by 2030, but the human and financial cost of extreme weather conditions is already increasing. More than half a million people have fled their homes in Somalia’s worst drought in 40 years, Save the Children said Monday.

A quarter of a million people died during the country’s last famine in 2011, half of them children under five. Severe climate-related droughts also continue to spread to Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, while South Sudan experiences a fifth year of extreme flooding. We are the usual: the rich exploit the land but as long as the damage is at home and others enjoy the show without even wanting to pay the damage.


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