The Global Climate Risk Index 2013 analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The mostrecent available data from 2011 as well as for the period 1992-2011 were taken into ac-count.Most affected countries in 2011 were Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, El Salvador and thePhilippines. For the period 1992 to 2011, Honduras, Myanmar and Nicaragua rank highest.This year's 8th edition of the analysis reconfirms that less developed countries are generallymore affected than industrialised countries, according to the Climate Risk Index. With re-gard to future climate change, the Climate Risk Index can serve as a warning signal indicat-ing past vulnerability which may further increase in regions where extreme events will be-come more frequent or more severe through climate change. While some vulnerable devel-oping countries are frequently hit by extreme events, there are also some where such disas-ters are a rarity.COP 18 held in Doha, Qatar, provides a decisive moment and should deliver a turning point by which the international community now starts scaling-up the international response toaddressing climate change and its increasing loss and damage. The time window for puttingthe world on a track to stay below 2°C is closing rapidly, and Doha should insert new dy-namics.
Sven Harmeling and David Eckstein
Daniela Baum, Gerold Kier Germanwatch thanks Munich RE (in particular Petra Löw and Jakob Alfredo) for their support(especially the provision of the core data which are the basis for the Global Climate Risk Index).
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