Title: Empirical evidence of declining global vulnerability to climate-related hazards
Authors: FORMETTA GIUSEPPEFEYEN LUC
Citation: GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE-HUMAN AND POLICY DIMENSIONS vol. 57 p. 101920
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC115312
ISSN: 0959-3780 (online)
URI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378019300378?via%3Dihub
https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC115312
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.05.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Death tolls and economic losses from natural hazards continue to rise in many parts of the world. With the aim to reduce future impacts from natural disasters it is crucial to understand the variability in space and time of the vulnerability of people and economic assets. In this paper we quantified the temporal dynamics of socio-economic vulnerability to climate-related hazards between 1980 and 2016. Using a global, spatially explicit framework that integrates population and economic dynamics with one of the most complete natural disaster loss databases we quantified mortality and loss rates across income levels and analyzed their relationship with wealth. Results show a clear decreasing trend in both human and economic vulnerability, with global average mortality and economic loss rates for 2007-2016 roughly halve compared to those for the period 1980-1989. We further show a clear negative relation between vulnerability and wealth, which is strongest at the lowest income levels. This has led to a convergence in vulnerability between higher and lower income countries. Yet, there is a still a considerable climate hazard vulnerability gap between poorer and richer countries.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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