Saturday, September 24, 2016

Extreme weather disasters, induced by global warming, cost U.S. $67 Billion


Between 2005 and 2015, the presidents of the U.S. issued 832 separate emergency or disaster declarations for which Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided either public assistance—defined as funding for state, tribal, and local governments—or individual assistance in the form of grants typically made to homeowners and renters whose home damage was not covered by homeowners insurance.
FEMA issued more than $67 billion in grants to assist communities and individuals devastated by extreme weather and wildfires during the same period. More than half of the agency's total assistance over the 10-year period was provided to to Louisiana and New York due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. 
During this 10-year period, there were extreme weather and wildfire events in all 50 states and throughout all seasons.
The annual average temperature in the U.S. exceeded the 20th-century average every year between 2005 and 2015, with increases ranging from 0.15 degrees Celsius to 1.81 degrees Celsius above normal. Read more at http://www.ecowatch.com