GDP also does not fully account for humanitarian disasters to poorer countries. Extreme impacts in poor, tropical areas (which are expected to be the first to experience the most severe disasters) may not significantly affect global GDP because of the low standard of living – but they still matter.The GDP of the poorest 20 countries in Africa is 0.12% of world GDP (in 2011). That's hardly a blip on charts like this, but if a disaster totally obligerated these 20 countries it would be almost undescribable.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
About Using GDP to Define Disasters
This is a point that tends to get lost in the shuffle, from Climate Science Watch:
Posted by David Appell at 3/30/2014 11:07:00 AM