Where natural disasters were concerned, 2010 was a particularly deadly year. According to insurance company Munich RE, a total of 950 natural catastrophes were recorded last year–ranging from storms and floods to Haiti’s devastating earthquake–resulting in deaths of 295,000 people and more than $130 billion in damage. The death toll and damage estimates well exceeded average annual losses. These totals do not even take into account the damage from man-made disasters, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, even many natural disasters may also have had a human component. Munich RE asserts that “the high number of weather-related natural catastrophes and record temperatures both globally and in different regions of the world provide further indications of advancing climate change.”
Read Earth Current’s rundown of the most devastating disasters of 2010.