Disaster Recovery Costs Have Increased by Almost 700% Since 1980
A paper published in the Journal of Climate Change and Health by the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reveals that climate change-related natural disasters have cost the U.S. over $2 trillion in recovery costs since 1980. The analysis of data from the National Center for Environmental Information shows a relationship between rising carbon dioxide levels, temperatures, and the number of disasters that cost a billion dollars or more in the United States. The National Center for Environmental Information has kept track of disasters, such as hurricanes, droughts, floods, winter storms, cold waves, and crop freeze events, that exceeded a billion dollars in damages since 1980.
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