Global warming to require more robust disaster monitoring

Global warming will require stronger monitoring of hurricanes, typhoons and other disasters, said a top United Nations official, reported Reuters on Wednesday.

Salvano Briceno, director of the U.N.’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), said new scientific evidence presented last week in Paris signalled temperature and sea level increases that would "very likely" make natural disasters more frequent and more intense.

Better weather tracking and early-warning systems could help mitigate the impact of heat waves, heavy rains, mudslides and drought, Briceno said, while warning climate-related hazards cannot be prevented outright. "

Being prepared and being aware does not mean that we can avoid disaster," he told journalists in Geneva.

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