Disaster Researcher Shares Predictions for 2019


Standing in a drying dam after an El Niño-induced drought in Zimbabwe. (Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/UNICEF/irinnews.org)

Debarati Guha-Sapir and colleagues at the Centre for Epidemiology of Disasters at the University of Louvain in Belgium recently released their annual review of disasters. The report, compiled with UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, is used by governments and agencies to plan disaster mitigation and adaptation in the face of climate changes.  

Guha-Sapir shared her thoughts on climate change and natural disaster, as well as the difficulty of measuring impact of disaster to human life, in a recent interview. Her thoughts and predictions for 2019, including El Niño activity in 2019 as well as increasing risk of famine, can be found here.