Global Agenda Council on Climate Change 2012-2014

A growing consensus is emerging among the scientific and business communities that weather and climate extremes are on the increase, and that climate change precipitated a number of recent natural disasters. These include the European heat wave of 2003, drought in East Africa in 2011, and in summer 2012 the worst drought in the United States since 1956. Losses resulting from climate-related disasters remain unacceptably high – in economic, social and human terms – making it imperative to build resilience, particularly in vulnerable areas.

1 June 2010