Natural Disasters Surge around Globe

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Natural Disasters Surge around Globe


Environmental pollution is triggering a surge of natural disasters around the globe, resulting in huge casualties as well as colossal economic costs.

Various natural disasters, such as floods, typhoons, and droughts have alarmingly increased worldwide during the last 50 years, according to Chung Ye-mo, chief researcher at the Samsung Global Environment Research Center (SGERC).

Chung published a research paper titled ``Natural disasters and Public Economy,'' in the Spring edition of ``Green Samsung,'' a periodical of SGERC, ahead of Earth Day, which falls on April 22.

Citing statistics from the Munich Re Group, a Germany-based insurance firm, he said the number of natural disasters had continued to rise, from 20 in the 1950s to 27 in the 1960s, 47 in the 1970s, 63 in the 1980s and then to 87 in the 1990s.

``More than 15 million people were found to have lost their lives through natural calamities in the 20th century alone,'' said the researcher.

The economic costs shouldered by the global community were found to have steadily gone up as well. …

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