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European Academies Science Advisory Council report looks at the future of climate-based disasters in Europe

‘Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies,’ a new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), looks at how climate based disasters have changed in frequency and what can be expected in the future.

Key points in the report include:

  • Weather-related catastrophes recorded worldwide have increased from an annual average of 335 events from 1980 to 1989, to 545 events in the 1990s and to 716 events for 2002–2011.
  • Compared with other continents, the increase in loss-relevant natural extreme events in Europe has been moderate, with an increase of about 60 percent over the past three decades. The highest increases have occurred in North America, Asia and Australia/Oceania with today about 3.5 times as many events as at the beginning of the 1980s.