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Extreme weather expert Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: The figure above shows the annual costs of weather disasters (data from Munich Re) as a proportion of global GDP (data from the UN), from 1990 to 2017.
2017 ranks 2nd to 2005;
The dataset is dominated by US hurricanes (accounting for about 70% of losses);
The trend from 1990 to 2017 is downward;
6 of past 10 years have been below average;
Technology has played a huge part in the ability of the world to feed its population and will continue to do so.
But the idea that climate change and diseases are making things worse than they used to be in the past is fraudulent.
Maybe the babies, Rebecca and Alison, should read up on the global cooling of the 1970s which led to disastrous shortages in grain harvests: