This map layer shows the effects of extreme weather events between 1997 and 2016 with regard to the number of deaths, as well as to economic damages.
The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that the risks due to extreme weather events, to which tropical storms, tornados, flooding, landslides, forest fires and droughts belong, will increase further with rising temperatures, although the risks will be unequally distributed across the world. Germanwatch analyzes the quantitative impacts of these weather extremes and publishes the results in an annual Global Climate Risk Index (KRI). On the basis of the reinsurer MunichRE’s “NatCatSERVICE” database as well as demographic (population numbers) and economic (gross domestic product) figures from the World Bank, the extent to which a country is affected is calculated. In the current report, the events from 2016 are analyzed on the one hand, and on the other, as shown on the map, the long-term effects since 1997.