Italy sixth for extreme weather deaths since 1999 – report

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Italy is sixth in the world in terms of the number of people to have died because of extreme-weather events since 1999, according to the latest Climate Risk Index report released by the Germanwatch NGO on Wednesday. Italy is 18th in terms of per-capita economic losses, the report said.

Italy was 26th overall in the ranking of countries affected most by the climate crisis. “Less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries,” Germanwatch said. “But the 2018 heatwaves and droughts also proved: High income countries feel climate impacts more clearly than ever before.

“Effective climate change mitigation is therefore in the self-interest of all countries worldwide”.

The Global Climate Risk Index, published today by the environmental think tank Germanwatch, shows that in 2018 industrialized countries like Japan and Germany were hit hardest by heat waves and severe drought.

The Philippines were hit by the most powerful typhoon recorded worldwide in 2018.

Via ANSA/Germanwatch

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