In the news: Recently, the Global Climate Risk Index was launched by Germanwatch.

Key findings of the report

  • India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change according to a report.
  • In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank has worsened from the 14th spot in 2017 to 5th in 2018 in the global vulnerability ladder.
  • India’s high rank is due to severe rainfalls, followed by heavy flooding and landslides that killed over 1000 people.
  • Japan, Philippines, Germany and Madagascar are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th position on the top respectively.
  • Other countries ranking in the bottom 20 in the overall climate risk categories are US, Vietnam, Bangladesh and France 12th, 6th, 7th and 15th respectively. 

Global Climate Risk Index-

  • Organizer: Germanwatch.
  • The annually published Global Climate Risk Index analyses to what extent countries have been affected by the impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc). 
  • Germanwatch, based in Bonn and Berlin (Germany), is an independent development and environmental organisation which works for sustainable global development.