$18 billion disaster has already happened this year
The US is on pace to surpass a record number of billion-dollar disasters in 2020.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s report released on Friday, 2021 has already seen 18 weather and climate disasters, each causing $1 billion in damage.
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events include The West’s historic Great Drought, two floods, nine severe storms, four tropical cyclones and one major wildfire.
The disasters resulted in the deaths of 538 people and had a significant economic impact in the affected areas, causing an estimated $104.8 billion in damages. According to AccuWeather.
NOAA began tracking disasters worth billions of dollars in 1980, a decade after its inception. Last year, there were 22 such disasters – the most on record.
In 2020, the country suffered a loss of about $ 100 billion due to the devastation, according to NOAA.
Disasters worth $308 billion have occurred in the US since 1980, with an average annual average of 7.1. But since 2018 alone, that average has more than doubled to 16.7, according to NOAA data.
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All disasters since 1980 have cost a total of $2.085 trillion. There have been over 14,000 deaths related to the incident, an average of over 300 per year.
While disasters worth at least one billion dollars have occurred in all 50 states, more than 120 such disasters have affected Texas – the most of any state.
Scientists say that the number and intensity of weather and climate-related events will increase in the coming years due to the effects of human-caused climate change.
In an August report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climatologists warned that Earth’s temperature would warm to a level that world leaders have tried to prevent, though slightly downplayed the chances of the worst climate catastrophe altogether.
The United Nations said the report was “code red for humanity”.
“It’s guaranteed that it’s going to get worse,” said report co-author Linda Morans, a senior climate scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. told the Associated Press. “Somewhere to run, nowhere to hide.”
A new Pentagon climate report released on thursday Calls to make deteriorating climate extremes an essential part of strategic planning, in addition to training soldiers to secure their own water supplies and treat heat-related injuries.