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Old 12-20-2010, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2010: Deadliest for natural disasters in a generation

This was the year the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter of a million people in 2010 – the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.
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Nearly 260,000 people died in natural disasters in 2010 through Nov. 30, compared with 15,000 in 2009, according to Swiss Re, an insurance provider. The World Health Organization, which hasn’t updated its figures past Sept. 30, is just shy of 250,000. By comparison, deaths from terrorism from 1968 to 2009 were less than 115,000, according to reports by the U.S. State Department and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The last year in which natural disasters were this deadly was 1983 because of an Ethiopian drought and famine, according to the WHO. Swiss Re calls 2010 the deadliest since 1976. While the Haitian earthquake, Russian heat wave and Pakistani flooding were the biggest killers, deadly quakes also struck Chile, Turkey, China and Indonesia in one of the most active seismic years in decades. Flooding alone this year killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations through to September, according to the WHO. Inundated countries include China, Italy, India, Colombia and Chad. Super Typhoon Megi with winds of more than 320 kph devastated the Philippines and parts of China.


How costly

Disasters caused $222-billion (U.S.) in economic losses in 2010 – more than Hong Kong’s economy – according to Swiss Re. This figure is greater than usual, but not a record. That’s because this year’s disasters often struck poor areas without heavy insurance, such as Haiti. A three-bedroom, one-storey house that collapsed in northwestern Pakistan during the floods cost $583 to rebuild, which is what many Pakistanis earn in half a year.
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The high death toll has less to do with Mother Nature and more to do with mankind. The excessive amount of extreme weather that dominated 2010 is a classic sign of man-made global warming that climate scientists have long warned about. They calculate that the killer Russian heat wave – setting a national record of 44C – would happen once every 100,000 years without global warming. Plus, poor construction and development practices conspire to make nature disasters more deadly than they need be. More people live in poverty in vulnerable buildings in crowded cities. That means that when the ground shakes, the river breaches or the tropical cyclone hits, more people die. “It’s a form of suicide, isn’t it? We build houses that kill ourselves [in earthquakes]. We build houses in flood zones that drown ourselves,” said Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado. “It’s our fault for not anticipating these things. You know, this is the Earth doing its thing.”






2010: Deadliest for natural disasters in a generation - The Globe and Mail

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Old 12-21-2010, 12:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When you look at casualties, you're looking at something other than "the state of the natural world." If you look at earthquakes, for example, the actual number and seriousness of earthquakes this year fits the trend of the last 3 decades. It is no surprise that the raw number of casualties has increased because population and population density have both increased (which both contribute to higher natural disaster casualties). It could also be that this is simply a peak to be expected among the noise that would be averaged out over a larger trend.
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