Damage, Loss and Climate Change

Climate changes and extreme weather events are among the reasons behind a global rise in hunger and poor nutrition. Fisheries, crops, and livestock may be destroyed or become less productive. With the ocean becoming more acidic, marine resources that feed billions of people are at risk.

More frequent and intense droughts, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, melting glaciers and warming oceans can directly harm animals, destroy the places they live, and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities. As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events become more frequent or severe.

Canada Wildfires

Wildfires in Canada this year burned over 15.3 million hectares (37.8 million acres) of land, nearly ten times more than in 2022 and roughly the size of New York state.

Canada is battling over 1,000 active fires, and nearly two-thirds are out of control. Canada is experiencing its worst wildfire season on record with tens of thousands of people being driven out of their homes and the federal government forced to deploy the military to several regions over the past months. The wildfires burning Kelowna, British Columbia, have lost or damaged nearly 200 homes and structures. Even though smoke continues to blanket the country’s westernmost province, cooler conditions have relieved the region. While Canada experiences fires every summer, this year’s blazes have scorched at least 15.3 million hectares (37.8 million acres) of land, nearly ten times more than in 2022 and roughly the size of New York state. According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), 1,036 active fires are burning throughout Canada, with 652 categorised as “out of control”, 161 as “being held”, and 223 considered to be under control. About two-thirds of all active fires are burning in the western province of British Columbia (376) and the Northwest Territories (237). An additional 143 fires are burning in Yukon, 88 in Alberta and 66 in Ontario. According to the CIFFC, 5,881 fires have been recorded nationwide this year, about 1,000 more than last year.

Devastating Water

Climate change is real. But at the same time, governments worldwide don’t know many innovative ways to increase employment numbers without abusing natural resources.

Worldwide, more and more communities face extreme weather as our climate-fueled planet breaks record after record. How many records do we need to break before we do something about it? #actonclimate #savetheplanet #climatedevastation

Cautionaer Tales

The global increase in intense floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves has a likely and ominous link to climate change. There is a growing literature on the evidence linking anthropogenic climate change with natural disasters. 

There is evidence that modification of the environment by humans may result in future climate change. Human-induced activities resulting from energy use, industrial processes, solvent and other product use, agriculture, land use change and forestry, and waste cause greenhouse gas emissions.


It is becoming increasingly clear that many disasters such as floods, storms, landslides and droughts are no longer purely natural, but are the most dramatic impacts of climate change caused by human activity.

The number of disasters – many of them weather-related such as fires and floods, but also other hazards such as pandemics or chemical accidents – could reach 560 a year, or 1.5 a day, by 2030, putting millions of lives in danger, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) said in its global assessment report.

Disasters disproportionately impact developing countries, which lose an average 1% of GDP a year to them, compared to 0.1-0.3% in developed countries, the report said.

The Asia-Pacific region suffers the highest damage, losing an average 1.6% of GDP to disasters annually.

Developing countries also tend to be under-insured.

Only 40% of disaster-related losses since 1980 were insured. Insurance coverage rates in developing countries were sometimes close to zero, the report further mentioned.

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