October 19, 2012
Climate change contributed to a fivefold increase in weather-related natural disasters in North
America over the past three decades, according to Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer.
“Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in
North America,” Peter Hoeppe, head of Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research unit, told reporters in Munich
today. There was a four-fold gain in disasters in Asia, while the number doubled in Europe, the