The world has lost more than 2.5 million people and almost $4 trillion to natural disasters over the last 30 years, the World Bank said in the latest report.
"Total reported losses from disasters are estimated at $3.8 trillion in this period with 74 percent due to extreme weather," according to the report released during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Coal may be the dirtiest source of energy known to humanity, but it's still the most commonly used energy source in the world and continues to grow in popularity — a reality UN climate chief Christiana Figueres spoke out against at the World Coal Summit in Warsaw on Monday.
“The water moved so fast. It knocked them down and into the street. Abigail was screaming for me to help her, but there was nothing I could do,” he said. Reyes wept, clinging to the two daughters he had in his arms, huddled in the corner of his gutted home.
UTTARAKHAND, India — The raging torrent hit in the morning, as Gopal Singh Bhist and his son, a cook and the leader of a pony train, prepared for work. In minutes, the Mandakini river had breached its banks, sending a crushing hammer of water, ice and rock through the Himalayan villages in this north Indian state of Uttarakhand.