Extreme Weather Losses Reaches Rp 1.751 Trillion

Extreme Weather LossesPARIS, KOMPAS.com – Economic losses due to extreme weather last year reached 129 billion US dollars, or equivalent to Rp1, 751 trillion.

Reports from the journal The Lancet predict that the numbers will continue to rise.

Climate change has created a variety of natural disasters around the world, such as floods, droughts, and storms.

Reporting from the AFP on Tuesday (31/10/2017), the disaster caused by climate change has increased by 46 percent from 2010 to 2016, with 797 extreme events last year.

The value of the loss is calculated from physical damage due to extreme weather.

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The figure has not included the "economic value" of deaths, injuries, and illness.

The finances of poor countries are not worth the damage from natural disasters.

The incidence of natural disasters in poor countries is also higher up to three times over the past year, compared to 2010.

Meanwhile, developed countries have insured about half of the economic losses suffered.

Temperature riseThe researchers calculated the rise in temperature has led to a decrease in outdoor worker productivity of about 5.3 percent, since 17 years ago.

In the same period, the number of vulnerable people exposed to heat waves, resulting in risk of struk attacks, heart failure, and dehydration, increased 125 million people.

In addition, the increase in mercury levels reached 10 percent since 1950. This makes the spread of mosquito-carrying dengue virus that turns out more and more.

The report also cited climate change is expected to have an impact on food production.

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"With a temperature rise of 1 degree Celsius, there is a decline in global wheat production of about six percent, and a 10 percent decline in rice production," The Lancet journal reports.

Countries in the world have agreed to reduce the effects of global warming by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

However, US President Donald Trump has pulled his country out of the deal. The withdrawal can only be effective about four years.

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