Climate change is a difficult subject to grasp but natural disasters from flooding in the UK to hurricanes and tsunamis around the world remind us of its consequences.
It is a grim coincidence that cyclone Pam struck as the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai, Japan. There is a global consensus that a changing climate leads to changes in the frequency, intensity, duration and timing of extreme weather and climate events, and can result in unprecedented events. Moreover, these disasters hit the poorest people and their communities hardest as we see now in Vanuatu, and previously from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the recent floods in Malawi. The argument for divesting from fossil fuels is becoming overwhelming Read more Yet even the richest countries of the world have struggled to cope with the increasing ferocity of climate-related natural disasters, from hurricanes Katrina and Sandy in the United States to the damage wrought to the UK’s economy from flooding in 2014.