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Humanity is waiting for hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis

October 24 2005

In the very near future, humanity is faced with devastating natural disasters caused by a general increase in global temperature. This is predicted to reputable scientists from the International Council for Science (International Council for Science - ICSU).

The annual report presented last week at a meeting of its General Assembly in the Chinese city of Suzhou, ICSU, scientists have noted that it is necessary in the shortest time to develop effective measures to anticipate and prevent the consequences of natural disasters.

According to this non-profit non-governmental organization with headquarters in Paris recently for the decade up to 2800 account for natural disasters. Just last year, natural disasters cost the governments of affected countries in the $ 140 billion.

"The horrific consequences of the earthquake in Japan in 1995, last year's tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the invasion of Hurricane Katrina in August of this year - all this once again reminds us that natural disasters are global in nature - note the members of ICSU. - We believe that in connection with the general global climate change risk a repetition of such events is increasing every day. "

ICSU scientists have noted that population growth in hazard-prone areas leads to the fact that more and more people are at risk of becoming victims of the disaster. In their view, to effectively counter the danger of the total work required of politicians and professionals. However, scientists have ICSU "evidence that in some cases, policies are contrary to the predictions of scientists and thereby only exacerbate the situation and increase the damage."

In addition, the researchers noted the inept use of weather information obtained from satellites, a lack of funding for prevention activities and focus on local issues at the expense of global ones.

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