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LONDON (AFP) - More than four times the number of natural disasters are occurring now than did two decades ago, British charity Oxfam said in a study Sunday that largely blamed global warming.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
How does global warming affect geological activity like volcanoes and earthquakes?
Originally posted by goosdawg
Mother nature balancing the books?
It's also important to examine how the population has changed in the areas hardest hit then compared to now.
More people in harms way equals more people harmed, no?
Floods and wind-storms have increased from 60 events in 1980 to 240 last year, with flooding itself up six-fold.
But the number of geothermal events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, has barely changed.
Oxfam urged Western governments to push hard for a deal on climate change at a key international meeting that runs December 3-14 on the Indonesian island of Bali.