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article imageUN report: natural disasters at decade low in 2009

By Michael Krebs     Dec 14, 2009 in Environment
As the United Nations' conference on climate change continues in Copenhagen, a report on the state of the earth reflects a decade low in natural disasters in 2009.
The United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen continued on Monday - after being threatened by a dramatic walkout from participating developing nations. The delegates eventually returned to the talks, where they were greeted with a number of reports from UN specialists.
One report appeared to counter one of the key claims generated by global warming alarmists. The report found that 2009 featured the least amount of natural disasters in a decade - a finding that contrasts with much of the commonly-assumed scientific rhetoric that projects a linear growth in weather-related natural disasters as a consequence of a carbon-infested atmosphere.
2009 featured 245 natural disasters - a significant drop from the 2005 high of 434, according to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. 224 of the 245 natural disasters were weather related.
While the reduction in natural disaster totals worldwide is clearly good news, the distribution of dangerous storms and floods appears to be weighted toward Asia.
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