Natural disasters have become a regular feature of our weather. Climate change has been a key factor in increasing the risk and extent of wildfires, severe rainstorms, floods and other "natural" disasters. If once we believed that a severe climate crisis awaits us sometime in the future, we can now observe it happening in front of our eyes. The recent glacier catastrosphe in India was a reminder that we have to act now in order to prevent more such severe natural disasters in the future.
How to combat dangerous coastal erosion? How to reduce the negative impacts of wildfires on the environment and humanity? How to raise awareness on these issues among civil society? Those are some of the topics we touched upon in the Forum Talk “The impact of climate change on natural disasters” on 18 February 2021 (4.30-5.30 pm - CET). The long-term impacts of natural disasters include loss of natural resources, release of further greenhouse gasses, threatened livelihoods and communities forced to leave their homes.