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Deaths From Natural Disasters: 2010 Global Warming Records, Pt 4

posted by Jael Ever @ 17:14 PM
February 2, 2011

Another record broken last year is the number of people killed by natural disasters. According to the United Nations, a record 373 natural disasters killed 296,800 in 2010. UN officials claim the major causes were: mass urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change. Yet Margareta Wahlstrom, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, insists that these factors will only worsen in the coming years, and 2010 will one day be seen as benign. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that Global Warming now contributes to more than 150,000 deaths around the world. But the Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, sets that number as high as 300,000 deaths per year caused by Global Warming.

The average number of major disasters a year for decades in this country has been 34. But last year broke that record: FEMA declared a record number of major disasters as 79 in the United States. Some researchers declare that more people around the world were killed last year by natural disasters than by terrorist attacks in the last four decades. The WHO reports that flooding alone killed 6,300 people in 59 nations. According to Agence France-Press (AFP), “The earthquake in Haiti in January was by far the worst disaster in terms of human cost, killing 222,570 people. Some 56,000 died in a combination of heatwaves and forest fires in Russia. The other most destructive events were an earthquake in China in April that killed 2,700, floods in Pakistan between July and September that cost 1,760 lives and August floods in China in which 1,470 perished.”

Agreeing with Dr. Wahlstrom, Roger Bilham from the University of Colorado, adds that the world’s population is moving into riskier megacities on fault zones and flood-prone areas. He figures that 400 million to 500 million people in the world live in large cities prone to major earthquakes. And Rachael Rettner, from LiveScience, adds: “Global disaster death tolls vary greatly year-to-year. But they have also risen over time. Disaster experts say the rise in tragedy is at least partly due to increases in urban populations.”

A famous church spiritual asks, “Where will you be when the world’s on fire?” Whether from floods, earthquakes,  heat waves, hurricanes, forest fires or other massive storms, man-made Global Warming sets the world on fire. In wholesale Christian Bibles, the Apostle Peter writes: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. . . . Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3: 10 – 12).” So the question for all to think about is “where will we be when the world’s on fire?”

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