Global Climate Risk Index 2021

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2019 and 2000 to 2019

The Global Climate Risk Index 2021 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). Human impacts (fatalities) and direct economic losses were analysed. The most recent data available — for 2019 and from 2000 to 2019 — were taken into account.

  • The countries and territories affected most in 2019 were Mozambique, Zimbabwe as well as the Bahamas.
  • For the period from 2000 to 2019 Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti rank highest.

This year’s 16th edition* of the analysis reconfirms earlier results of the Climate Risk Index: Less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries. Regarding future climate change, the Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag for already existing vulnerability that may further increase in regions where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe due to climate change.


*Contrary to previous years, the underlying database for the calculation of the CRI 2021 does NOT include data for the United States of America.



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David Eckstein, Vera Künzel, Laura Schäfer
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Klima-Risiko-Index, Indices, Climate Risk Index, Indizes
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