Have you ever lost a relative or a close friend in an extreme weather event such as hurricane, tornado, heatwave, drought, etc. In the following minutes, I am going to share with you my views and suggestions on what we need to do to minimize losses in extreme weather events.
Extreme weather is a natural disaster that causes large damage and has great impact on everyone around the world. Over half a million people were killed in extreme weather events between 1998 and 2017, homes and properties of over hundreds of billion dollars were destroyed, not to mention the impacts on our valuable natural ecosystems.
There are many ways to protect our communities from impacts brought by extreme weather. Effective early weather warning systems and services are essential to reduce disaster risks. Better climate resilient infrastructures such as better drainage systems and dams to prevent flooding; taller bridges to account for sea level rise; heat resistant road surface to cope with high temperatures, etc. Local governments should also plan ahead an emergency plan so that they can react fast to assist their people in facing extreme weather. International cooperation should also be encouraged to do research in extreme weather and provide recommendations.
The biggest barrier to combating extreme weather is human induced pollution. Everyone should protect our environment and practise 4Rs in our daily living, that is reduce, recycle, recover, and reuse.
I would like the world to have as least natural disasters as possible for our future generations. Not only because it causes a lot of damage, it also costs lots of deaths. We should start doing something and find a way to put these wrecking events to a stop.