"Clearly there is both a protection and innovation gap when it comes to climate risk," said Eric ANDERSEN, president of Aon. "As catastrophic events increase in severity, the way that we assess and ultimately prepare for these risks cannot depend on solely historical data. We need to look to technology like artificial intelligence and predictive models that are constantly learning and evolving to map the volatility of a changing climate. With scalable solutions, we can help organizations make better decisions that make them more resilient as they continue to more frequently face interconnected and increasingly volatile risks."
Other key findings from the report include:
- 401 notable disaster events were recorded in 2021, down from 416 in 2020
- There were 50 instances of billion-dollar economic loss events, the fourth highest year on record, with only 20 of the events reaching the billion-dollar insured threshold
- European floods in July were the costliest disaster on record for the continent at USD 46 billion
- Wildfires increased in prominence as conditions have become more conducive for rapid fire spread, with the term "fire season" becoming officially outdated as the risk of dangerous wildfires is prevalent during the full calendar year
- Germany, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg and China recorded the costliest insurance industry events on record
- 2021 was the world's sixth-warmest year on record with land and ocean temperatures at 0.84?C (1.51?F) above the 20th-century average
- The hottest temperature ever reliably measured on Earth was unofficially recorded in Death Valley, California, United States on July 9, 2021 at 54.4?C (130.0?F)
The top 10 global economic loss events are as follows:
The full report and a short video are available on Aon's interactive microsite.