Climate change ups ante in disaster response, World Bank says

A World Bank report released last week calls climate change, rapid urbanization and climate-induced catastrophes “game changers” in the destinies of nations and the way they currently respond to disasters.

The report says it’s wise for countries to invest in disaster prevention rather than spend exorbitant amounts after hazards have struck. Titled Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters – the Economics of Effective Prevention, the report looks at economic effects of disasters – natural and manmade—and provides cost-effective solutions that countries can look at as they plan to tackle 21st century challenges like  climate change induced crises.

It warns that climate change-induced catastrophes, which it defines as “disasters that occur on a global scale and are likely to be irreversible over any realistic time frame for decision-making,” are going to be  … Continue Reading