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Global climate risk index by select country 2018

This statistic displays the climate risk index (CRI) for the most affected countries in 2018. In that year, Japan was the most affected country, accounting for a CRI of 5.5, due to three strong extreme weather events in this year, including torrential rainfall causing floods, a severe heatwave, and Typhoon Jebi.

Climate risk index of the most affected countries in 2018*

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December 2019



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* The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) analyses quantified impacts of extreme weather events – both in terms of fatalities as well as economic losses that occurred. It analyzes the loss figures of 181 countries from 2018 and the period between 1999 to 2018 were taken into account. The CRI examines both absolute and relative impacts to create an average ranking of countries in four indicating categories:
1. Number of deaths,
2. Number of deaths per 100 000 inhabitants,
3. Sum of losses in US$ in purchasing power parity (PPP) as well as
4. Losses per unit of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).,
with a stronger emphasis on the relative indicators. The countries ranking highest are the ones most impacted and should consider the CRI as a warning sign that they are at risk of either frequent events or rare, but extraordinary catastrophes.

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