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Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record | DW News ctm magazine



Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 2021 brought more than its share of natural disasters. And as well as claiming around 10,000 lives, they also took a major financial toll. German reinsurer Munich Re says it was one of the most expensive years on record, with global damages estimated at around 280 billion dollars – only 120 billion dollars of which was insured. Hardest hit was the United States, which accounted for 150 billion dollars of the damages. It was struck by Hurricane Ida, disastrous tornadoes, an extremely cold winter in the south and wildfires in the west. In Europe, floods did the most damage. 54 billion dollars worth in total. Last year’s flooding in western Germany was the country’s most costly natural disaster on record. Meanwhile the Asia-Pacific region saw damages of 48 billion dollars, but a mere 8 billion of which was covered by insurance. So what made 2021 a remarkable year for natural disasters?

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27 Comments

  • Mauro Balena on January 10, 2022

    Terrorismo Climático Midiático e Biotecnosanitario ao mesmo tempo !

  • milindo gugu on January 10, 2022

    So Africa is out of the picture

  • Stephen on January 10, 2022

    🐴💩

  • 37375 on January 10, 2022

    Is the World Broke ?

  • paul kim on January 10, 2022

    for the future generation, there are 2 paths ahead,

    1) dry sand, bones, riffle, hate, illness, and a 100 dollar bill, following the greed

    2) green, meat, pencil, love, cure, and a 10 dollar bill, which eventually will turn in a healthy 1k bill, following the science

    u choose ur path

  • Free Bee on January 10, 2022

    Approve use of Nordstream 2 pipeline for cheap and reliable natural gas.

  • mihiec on January 10, 2022

    pikachu face

  • Samson Soturian on January 10, 2022

    No

  • Gary Geiser on January 10, 2022

    The Pliocene 3,000,000 years ago was far stormier. And we're already at its CO2 atmospheric concentration. Once the Arctic ice is gone, the storms will dramatically intensify. Already, there is minimal ice of a thickness greater than 1.5 meters; and the heat content in the Arctic Ocean already can melt 1 meter of ice were all the heat to rise to the surface. So, there may be an ice free Arctic this summer.

  • Spring Water on January 10, 2022

    If you wanted to replace your home, car and furnitures, you'd probably need to pay 20%+ extra last year due to inflation, as a result of poor government policies.
    Munich RE actually explained the lost with two points:
    1. Social-econ factor (higher property value due to population growth and inflation)
    2. When asked about contribution of climate change, they said it's possible, but added they can't prove it.

    Do not disagree climate change could be a factor, but I do think the headline misleading and the reporter very biased.

  • Rodrigo Vidal on January 10, 2022

    The world's most expensive disaster ever is our politicians. They together can destroy an entire nation.

  • Josh Fog on January 10, 2022

    Climate is always going to change 🙄

  • fuckfannyfiddlefart on January 10, 2022

    USA and Germany are among the biggest offenders

    Don't forget Australia though who are the worst.

  • Chad Karr on January 10, 2022

    do people not understand what weather warfare is? Operation Popeye. Theyve had control of the weather since the early 70s.

  • S N on January 10, 2022

    The price of doing nothing because – profit.

  • Juan Burgos on January 10, 2022

    Well we know what to expect this year ,let the nest survive or the richest

  • You Tube on January 10, 2022

    Don't worry, as soon as it starts affecting the rich they'll do something about it.

  • UKB on January 10, 2022

    Insurance is farce, it's idiotic.

  • Kiyoone on January 10, 2022

    Like in the LOTR, when the war starts to affect the elves homeland, they migrate to undying land… But for humans, there is no planet B or a better place… Just to remind the science deniers…

  • Marcus Maddenov on January 10, 2022

    There have always been storms, some years worse than others. Climate change is a myth to justify more taxes and regulation.

  • Kangaroo Caught on January 10, 2022

    Meanwhile in Australia, we had the coolest year since 2012, probably attributable in part to La Niña, which we are seeing again as we go into 2022.

  • Mike Hockleby Cumming on January 10, 2022

    They said cost but inflation is out of control. I guess climate change causes inflation

  • Ronny Shaji on January 10, 2022

    This is all because of human action, they are silently killing the next generation. Very sad 😭

  • Everything Is Fine on January 10, 2022

    Government policies in the last 2 years are probably the most damaging in history

  • John Doe on January 10, 2022

    it will only get worse the years to come.

  • george norris on January 10, 2022

    In the long run it will cheaper to go much greener sooner than to pay for all the damage that climate change is going to cause.

  • Vance H on January 10, 2022

    Save Our Planet

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