Future risk assessment

HAZARD + SIZE + VULNERABILITY = three factors that the World Bank uses to estimate the impending impact of climate change on coastal cities. These are outlined in this article warning that globally there is little planning evident for the massive impact on coastal cities around the world that will result from current projections of the effects of climate change. The article is entitled:

‘Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk, says World Bank’.

Disaster risk is affected by three factors. It said these were: hazard – the frequency of potentially dangerous naturally occurring events, such as earthquakes or tropical cyclones; exposure – the size of the population and the economic assets located in hazard-prone areas; and vulnerability – the susceptibility of the exposed elements to the natural hazard.

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