No Jeremy Warner, Weather Disasters Are Not Getting Worse

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By Paul Homewood

h/t Robin Guenier

It’s hard to keep up with this nonsense!

Whatever one’s views about the origins of climate change, we do at least know that global warming is a real and present danger. We don’t yet know that about AI.

For real-life evidence of the already highly destructive nature of climate change, you don’t need to be guided by the counterproductive bleatings of Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil. Ask the insurance industry instead.

The average payout in claims over the first 10 years of the century was in the order of $50bn (£40bn) per annum. Since then, it has doubled to $100bn, and in 2022, it was an all-time record of $132bn.

Part of the explanation is inflation, together with growing instances of shoddy workmanship in construction.

But the overwhelming cause is climate change. Extreme weather events have grown steadily more frequent and destructive.

The trend is undeniable, and if maintained will soon render large parts of the world uninsurable against wildfires, floods and hurricanes, if not outright uninhabitable.

How does the Telegraph allow him to get away with such palpable rubbish?

The reason for the increasing insured losses is population growth in vulnerable areas, such as the US Atlantic coast, and the fact that we all have more “stuff”.

Is Warner aware that weather losses have actually been falling as a percentage of GDP, which is the only reliable measure:

This sort of naive reporting is to be expected from the Telegraph’s legion of young, woke journalists. If this is the best that Jeremy Warner can manage, perhaps he is better off at the Guardian.