A poor neighbourhood shows the damage after an earthquake measuring 7 plus on the Richter scale rocked Port au Prince Haiti.
EMDAT is a database which stores information on natural disasters. On it you can find the number, and global dispersal of disasters per year separated into their different categories. If you plot graphs from this data, which I admit to having done, you can recognize the net increase in frequency that environmentalists have been talking about for some time. You have to be careful not to jump to conclusions, because the data itself does not tell the whole story. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was recently made a little less credible when it was revealed that the claims it had made correlating increased frequency in natural disasters and human induced global warming were not only misleading, but also based on uncertain scientific data. This kind of policy ‘hiccup’ has had serious implications for environmental science and the IPCC, as well as distracting from the actual reasons why, as the years go by, we see more and more people affected by natural disasters.