Is climate change making floods worse?
Climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent, intense, and unpredictable. The number of people affected by floods has increased, and I projected to keep increasing, alongside global warming during the 21st century.
The number of extreme climate-related disasters has doubled since the early 1990s. Climate related disasters now account for more than 80 percent of all major internationally reported disasters.
Who is affected by climate change?
Climate change does not affect us all equally. Instead climate change exacerbates vulnerabilities that already exist, for example due to poverty, displacement, and conflict.
Research by the World Bank (carried out before the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic) shows that without sufficient climate change adaptation, the inequality gap will widen and the impacts of climate change could push more than 100 million people below the poverty line by 2030.
By 2050, over 200 million people worldwide will experience humanitarian need resulting from the combination of climate-related disaster (including floods) and the socioeconomic impacts of climate change.
We must recognise that climate change is already having humanitarian impacts and invest in adaptation in vulnerable and crisis affected communities.
We must also accept that many people and communities are beyond successful adaptation, they might already have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of floods and other climate change impacts and should be compensated for the loss and damage they have experienced.
With so many people already affected by climate change and extreme weather events predicted to become more frequent and/or severe in many parts of the
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