UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the report was being slammed for its misleading headlines and misuse of data.

A new report released by the United Nations titled “Human Cost of Disasters” is under fire by various groups for offering a short-sighted and misuse of data to come to foregone conclusions.

“The report’s claim of an increase in climate-related disasters is an embarrassment”, said Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) director Dr. Benny Peiser. “The UNDRR’s own data shows that climate-related disasters have actually been declining for 20 years”. 

To prove Dr. Peiser’s point, the report shows this confusing graph below which attempts to show climate-related disasters as having a larger impact. The graph below it shows the same data, and better illustrated showing the declining impact of climate-related disasters over the last 20 years.

Fig 5 of UN report ‘Human Cost of Disasters,’ p. 10
UNDRR data shows that “climate-related” disasters have declined over the past 20 years (2000-2019)

And Professor Roger Pielke Jr, a US-based expert in natural disasters, also pointed out on Twitter that the UN was misusing the source data, which measures human affects of natural disasters rather than natural disasters themselves.
 
“It’s a shambles; a catalogue of errors” said Dr Peiser.
 
“The UN should withdraw the report immediately and apologise for misleading the public in this way
.”



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