New technologies and increased attention to human rights have improved living conditions immeasurably over the past century, but natural disasters retain their destructive power. Most (80%) of this growth is the direct result of climate change. Weather conditions have become extremely unpredictable and extreme. Scientists agree this is the consequence of global warming. We could call it “payback time” for all the pollution we’ve released into the environment of our planet. The number of natural disasters has risen dramatically in the past two decades. Natural disasters are surging exponentially and causing expanding amounts of destruction every year.
#1. The European Heat Wave (2003) (Natural Disasters)
The 2003 European Heat Wave was the hottest summer that Europe has experienced since 1540. This heat wave lead to health crises in several countries and also created drought which led to crop failure in parts of southern Europe. The death toll reached 35,000 people, with France being hit the hardest. Deaths were largely among elderly people. Source: newscientist.com