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Dec 30, 2008, 09:54 AM
The past year has been one of the most devastating ever in terms of natural disasters, one of the world's biggest re-insurance companies has said.

Munich Re said the impact of the disasters was greater than in 2007 in both human and economic terms.


More than 220,000 people died in events like cyclones, earthquakes and flooding, the most since 2004, the year of the Asian tsunami.

Meanwhile, overall global losses totalled about $200bn (137bn), with uninsured losses totalling $45bn, about 50% more than in 2007.

This makes 2008 the third most expensive year on record, after 1995, when the Kobe earthquake struck Japan, and 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina in the US.BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7803624.stm).


Dec 30, 2008, 09:57 AM

1931 China floods top the list.

Dec 30, 2008, 10:02 AM
hmmmm and people still insist that there is no climate change going on around us.

Jan 4, 2009, 09:16 AM
too bad it's not REALLY "climate" change.........

if you dont know the real cause, then you have not been paying attention to world events for the last 60 years or so :eek:

Jan 4, 2009, 12:07 PM
hmmmm and people still insist that there is no climate change going on around us.

You can't use a single year as proof of climate change, it will only show over a period of time.

Jan 4, 2009, 01:38 PM
Nothing will convince the critics of global warming. Even if snow disappeared from the planet. They would say it is normal.

Jaffa Cake
Jan 4, 2009, 01:47 PM
I was woken up by an earthquake (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/27/earthquake) early last year. I then went back to sleep.

As this has never happened to me before, I'm in total agreement with Munich Re's assessment that 2008 was a particularly bad year for this sort of thing. Given that climate change is mooted as a possible cause, if I recycle my carrier bags and don't print out unnecessary emails will it stop this happening again?