BONN, Germany, (CNA) – Taiwan ranks seventh in terms of countries most severely impacted by climate change, according to an annual report released by Germanwatch at the U.N. Climate Change Conference being held in the German city of Bonn.
Germanwatch is a non-profit, non-governmental development and environmental organization which lobbies for sustainable global development.
Published on Nov. 9, the Global Climate Risk Index 2018 analyses the extent to which countries have been affected by the impact of weather-related loss events like storms, floods and heat waves. Data from 1997-2016 was the basis of the determination.
In January 2016, Taiwan was hit by a rare wave of low temperatures and later slammed by six tropical storms and typhoons, Germanwatch pointed out.
The fast surge of Taiwan’s ranking – from 51st last year to seventh – underscores the vulnerability of small island states and poor countries facing extreme events, Germanwatch said. The top six places were taken by Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India.
Since 1997, more than 520,000 people have been killed by over 11,000 extreme weather events around the world, it said.
Judging from past data, it is clear that extreme weather events have become more frequent and more severe due to climate change, David Eckstein – one of the authors of the 2018 analysis, told CNA, citing the example of Fiji being struck by the worst hurricane in a century in 2016 and Germany being impacted by severe flooding the same year.
The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place at UNFCCC Secretariat headquarter in Bonn from Nov. 6-17.
By Lin Yu-li and Flor Wang