According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2017 (CRI), the countries most affected by climate change in 2015 include Mozambique, Dominica as well as Malawi. Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti have been identified as the most affected countries in the 20-year period between 1996 and 2015. They are followed by Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Bangladesh.
The Global Climate Risk Index 2017 analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events. Such as storms, floods, heat waves, hurricanes etc. This report takes into account the most recent data available from 2015 and 1996 - 2015 respectively.
This year’s 12th edition of the analysis reconfirms that, according to the Climate Risk Index, less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries. Regarding future climate change, the Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag for already existing vulnerability that may further increase in regions where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe due to climate change. While some vulnerable developing countries are frequently hit by extreme events, there are also some others where such disasters are a rare occurrence.