21 Aug 2020

Global Climate Risk Index 2020Quick read

Recently India was ranked 5th in Global Climate Risk Index. The report is released by the Environment think tank, German watch

Key highlights of the Index

Status of India

  • As per the report India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change
  • India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 in the global vulnerability ladder
  • The report mentions that India has also recorded the highest number of fatalities due to climate change and the second-highest monetary losses from its impact in 2018.
  • India’s high rank is due to severe rainfalls, followed by heavy flooding and landslide that killed over 1000 people.

Global scenario

  • It states that extreme weather, linked with climate change, is not only affecting poorer countries like Myanmar and Haiti, but also some of the world’s richest countries.
  • Japan is the worst-hit country in 2018 (the last year covered by the data), while Germany and Canada were both also in the ‘bottom 10’, that is, the most affected.
  • The results reflect the increasing damage caused by heatwaves, which scientists have found are being worsened by climate change.
  • Other countries ranking in the bottom 20 in the overall climate risk categories are US, Vietnam, Bangladesh and France at 12th, 6th, 7th and 15th respectively.
  • It also mentioned some issues to be addressed by CoP25.

About Germanwatch

  • It is based in Bonn and Berlin (Germany)
  • It is an independent development and environmental organization which works for the sustainable global development
  • Its motto is Observing, Analysing, Acting for global equity and the preservation of livelihoods

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