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Environment / Report: Climate change behind rise in weather disasters claims world’s largest insurer

(USATODAY) Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurance firm, sees climate change driving the increase and predicts those influences will continue in years ahead. Per a new report supported by Munich Re, the number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought.

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Munich re reports on its website about the impact of climatic change: economic losses amounting to some US$380 billion have made 2011 the most expensive natural disaster year to date.Munich Re lays out its overview in a 62 page report available as a PDF document.

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