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UN Disasters Report Is A Huge Blunder And Embarrassment

Press Release, Global Warming Policy Forum

GWPF calls for fatally flawed UN report to be withdrawn

A new United Nations report on The Human Cost of Disasters has been described as “an embarrassment” and “a catalogue of errors” after it emerged its headline claim of a “staggering rise in climate-related disasters” was refuted by its own data.

Within hours of its publication by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the report was being slammed for its misleading headlines and misuse of data.

The report’s claim of an increase in climate-related disasters is an embarrassment”, said GWPF director Dr Benny Peiser. “The UNDRR’s own data shows that climate-related disasters have actually been declining for 20 years”. 

Fig 5 of UNDRR report ‘Human Cost of Disasters,’ p. 10
UNDRR data shows that “climate-related” disasters have declined over the past 20 years (2000-2019)

And Professor Roger Pielke Jr, a US-based expert in natural disasters, also pointed out on Twitter that the UN was misusing the source data, which measures human impacts of natural disasters rather than natural disasters themselves.

It’s a shambles; a catalogue of errors” said Dr Peiser. “The UN should withdraw the report immediately and apologise for misleading the public in this way”.