This article for Our World in Data by Dr Hannah Ritchie, Deputy Editor and Science Outreach Lead and former head of research, explores progress in disaster resilience. Analysis of EM-DATR data since 1900 reveals that disaster deaths have fallen, indicating increasing resilience globally to disasters, whilst loss and damages have significantly risen. The article explores how measures to address risk factors such as hazard, exposure and vulnerability have had a role in building resilience and what is needed to continue building resilience as risk increases due to climate change.


Citation: Hannah Ritchie (2024) “The world has become more resilient to disasters, but investment is needed to save more lives” Published online at Retrieved from: ‘’ [Online Resource]



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