Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Climate Information Crucial to Help Reduce Risk and Limit Disaster Damage

01/07/2011 - by IRI/Climate Centre et al
Forecasts can play an invaluable role when used properly in helping humanitarian agencies and governments plan for and prevent disasters, according to the latest Climate and Society publication launched by the IRI and the American Red Cross last week in Washington D.C.

Climate and weather disasters, from the massive floods in Pakistan, Australia and Colombia, to the devastating drought in Niger, have claimed thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damages in the last year. According to statistics from the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, these types of disasters have risen significantly in the last few decades. Scientists expect changes in climate will make extreme events more frequent and intense in the future. Read more here.
 
Go here for the interview with Madeleen Helmer, discussing the importance of this publication.