US Weather Disasters Cost Record $306 Bn. Dollars in 2017

By Elliot Bullman

The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration highlights the economic risks of climate change, despite the doubts that President Trump’s administration has shown.

The weather and related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third warmest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the country said on Monday.

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The federal agency’s report highlights the economic risks of climate change, despite the fact that President Trump has begun to withdraw the United States from a global pact to combat it.

NOAA said the wildfires in the west of the country and Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma contributed to 2017 being the most expensive year in record. The previous record was 215 billion dollars in 2005, when hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita hit the coast of the United States Gulf.

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Last year’s average annual temperature in the states was 12.6 degrees Celsius, about 1.5 degrees above the average of the 20th century and the third warmest year since records began in 1895 according to the agency.

Scientists have concluded that carbon dioxide and other emissions from fossil fuels are causing climate change, resulting in floods, droughts and more frequent and powerful storms.

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Meanwhile the Trump administration is ignoring these warnings and is determined to boost the production of oil, gas and coal from the United States.

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