Blaming everything on “climate change” is the usual response of green hysterics, and shouldn’t be that of the world’s second largest reinsurer. Unbelievably, however, it is (maybe they are trying to reduce their exposure to claims…), and they still wrongly think that warming, even if it is occurring, will cause more severe weather, a scare story that has been debunked thoroughly many times.
The Herald Sun, under the breathless and misleading headling “Record deaths from natural disasters” reports:
Most devastating was Cyclone Nargis, which battered Burma in May to kill more than 135,000 people, and the earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province the same month which left 70,000 dead, 18,000 missing and almost five million homeless, Munich Re said.
“This continues the long-term trend we have been observing,” Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said.
“Climate change has already started and is very probably contributing to increasingly frequent weather extremes and ensuing natural catastrophes.
The world needed “effective and binding rules on CO2 emissions, so that climate change is curbed and future generations do not have to live with weather scenarios that are difficult to control.”
Let’s look at the world’s worst natural disasters. Of the top 10, five are unrelated to climate change (4 earthquakes, one dam failure) and the remaining five all occurred before 1970, i.e. before the global warming hysteria was even thought of – in 1970 we were all getting ready for the next Ice Age, remember?
As for Cyclone Nargis, true, it is the 7th largest death toll from cyclones and hurricanes, however the top 6 all occurred before 1975 (and four before 1881), again, before “global warming” could have had any possible effect. The reality is that the death toll from a cyclone or hurricane has far more to do with its location, and the population density under it, than its intensity…
But hey, who cares about the facts when it makes a good story?
Read it here.