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Extreme heat hitting rich and poor harder, global climate index shows

Madrid, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Worsening heatwaves are taking a heavier toll on rich as well as poor countries, according to an annual ranking that measures the damage done by extreme weather to human life and economies. The Global Climate Risk Index, published on Wednesday by environmental thinktank Germanwatch, rated Japan as the most-affected country in 2018, […]

Rich and poor struggle to shoulder losses from devastating storms

Thomson Reuters Foundation The devastation caused by powerful storms is a growing threat to both poor and rich nations, propelling Caribbean islands to the top of a global index of countries most severely affected by weather disasters last year, researchers said on Tuesday. The US territory of Puerto Rico was ranked as the hardest-hit and […]

Haiti tops index of nations worst-hit by extreme weather in 2016

Thomson Reuters Foundation Haiti, which was hit last year by its strongest hurricane in 50 years, has been ranked the country worst-affected by extreme weather in 2016, in an index published on Thursday. Zimbabwe, which suffered severe drought followed by floods, came second. Fiji, recovering from the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the island […]