Investment needs to be raised rapidly in early warning systems for extreme weather events, said a new UN report, adding recorded disasters have increased five-fold over the past five decades.
The report titled “The State of Climate Services 2020” states that one in three people on Earth aren’t sufficiently covered by warning systems.
Over the next ten years, the number of people in need after natural disasters is likely to increase by 50%.
“COVID-19 has made risk everybody’s business. We need to carry this understanding and momentum into the much bigger fight for our planet against the larger, stronger, more devastating climate emergency,” said Mami Mizutori, who is the special representative of the UN secretary-general for disaster risk reduction.