More than ever before, the public have become aware that the effects of climate change and the resulting weather extremes affect the lives of people worldwide and will change them in the long term. It is important for all of us to support those who are already suffering from the effects of climate change and the creeping loss of their livelihoods and to take effective precautions.
The extent to which prevention, coping and adaptation differ from country to country is illustrated by this WorldRiskReport. With the WorldRiskIndex, it provides an analysis of disaster risks worldwide and indicates which countries are in the greatest need to strengthen measures for coping with and adapting to extreme natural events. With this year’s focus on water supply, the WorldRiskReport again highlights a key issue in the context of disasters from both a practical and a scientific perspective.