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Damages from natural disasters in the United States over the past decade totaled US$740 billion

Szkody z powodu katastrof naturalnych w USA w ostatniej dekadzie sięgają 740 mld dolarów

2022-11-19 12:00

2022-11-19 12:00

Damages from natural disasters in the United States over the past decade totaled US0 billion
Photo: FRED GREAVES / / Reuters

90 percent of the 3,143 counties in the U.S. have experienced a natural disaster caused by climate change in the past decade. This resulted in over $740 billion in damages.

Extreme disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires in Florida and California are getting the most attention, according to a new report, “Disaster Atlas,” from the climate change adaptation group Rebuild by Design.

“Nine out of 10 counties eligible for federal aid in 2011-2021 experienced a flood, fire, windstorm or other disaster. The authors of the report noted that only the temperate upper Midwest and dry inland regions of the Great Basin escaped major damage.

According to the study, the federal disaster relief system is underfunded and ineffective. Governments lack the powers and resources to help communities fully recover from disasters. More money is spent on reconstruction in hazardous areas.

“This clearly shows that climate change exists. All taxpayers are paying for it” – emphasized Amy Chester, Executive Director of Rebuild by Design. The organization began as a federal disaster relief initiative after Hurricane Sandy. It is now housed at New York University.

Rebuild by Design defines the amount of costs included in the report as an underestimate because they do not take into account two major climate events: heat waves and droughts.

Andrzej Dobrowolski from New York

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