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Impact of 2023’s costliest climate disasters ‘highly unequal’

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new analysis by Christian Aid reveals the 20 costliest climate disasters of 2023, with a disproportionate impact on developing countries 
These countries, often with limited economic resources and inadequate infrastructure, faced severe consequences from events like floods, storms, droughts, and wildfires

🔭 The context: The study examined the top climate disasters across 14 countries, highlighting the unequal economic impact of these events 
Wealthier nations are generally more equipped to prepare and recover from extreme weather, while poorer countries suffer higher death tolls and slower recoveries

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This disparity underscores a "double injustice," where the nations most affected by climate disasters contribute the least to global warming 
The economic and human costs of these events emphasize the urgent need for global climate action and support for vulnerable countries

⏭️ What's next: At COP28, countries agreed on a framework for the Loss and Damage Fund, but critics argue that the current commitments are insufficient 
Increased global cooperation and funding are essential to support developing nations in managing the impacts of climate change and achieving the Paris Agreement goals

💬 One quote: “Loss and damage costs are in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually in developing countries alone” (Nushrat Chowdhury, Christian Aid)

📈 One stat: The Maui wildfires in Hawaii had a per capita cost of over US$4,000, with 181 casualties and more than 7,000 people displaced, highlighting the severe impact of climate disasters

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