The Year of Living Dangerously

The Worlds 21 Worst Disasters in 2014

Let’s face it, as a planet we got lucky in 2014. The 4,700 disaster-related fatalities across the globe were far below the average of 10,800 per year over the last decade. The estimated 42 billion dollars in losses represents just 0.3 percent of global GDP. “It was a bad year but there have been ones much worse,” said Dr. Roger Pielke of the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the University of Colorado. “Right now we seem to be in a lull before the next big disaster.”

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