The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released their World Disasters Report 2020: Come Heat or High Water, which analyzes the disastrous global ramifications of climate change on a humanitarian level. “The frequency and intensity of climatological events are increasing substantially, with more category 4 and 5 storms, more heatwaves breaking temperature records and more heavy rains, among many other extremes. Loss of natural resources, food insecurity, direct and indirect health impacts and displacement are likewise on the rise.”
The authors urge that more can be done to make a difference, as in 2020, “none of the 20 countries most vulnerable to climate change […] were among the 20 highest per person recipients of climate change adaptation funding.”
After the introductory chapter, the report is organized into 6 distinct sections:
- Chapter 2, Hazards everywhere – climate and disaster trends and impacts
- Chapter 3, Climate as a risk multiplier – trends in vulnerability and exposure
- Chapter 4, Reducing risks and building resilience – minimizing the impacts of potential and
predicted extreme events
- Chapter 5, Going green – strengthening the environmental sustainability of response and recovery
- Chapter 6, Climate-smart disaster risk governance – ensuring inclusive and coherent regulatory
- Chapter 7, Smart financing – getting the money where it’s needed most
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Author: Vincent Milano