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Climate Change-Related Deaths Declined 99%

By Bjorn Lomborg writing for New York Post


From the article,

The truth is that deaths from climate disasters have fallen dramatically because wealthier countries are much better at protecting citizens. Research shows this phenomenon consistently across almost all catastrophes, including storms, floods, cold and heatwaves.This matters, because by the end of this century, there will be more people in harm’s way, and climate change will mean sea levels rise several feet. One comprehensive study shows that at the beginning of the 21st century, around 3.4 million people experienced coastal flooding each year, causing $11 billion in annual damages. About $13 billion or 0.05% of global GDP was spent on coastal defenses. If we do nothing and just keep coastal defenses as they are today, vast areas of the planet will be routinely inundated by 2100, with 187 million people flooded and damage worth $55 trillion annually. That’s more than 5% of global GDP. But we will obviously adapt, especially because the cost is so low. That means fewer people than ever will be flooded by 2100. Even the combined cost of adaptation and climate damages will decrease to just 0.008% of GDP.

Read the full article at New York Post