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We know it was the hottest year on record (tied for the top spot with 2016), that the 2010’s were the hottest decade on record, and that the last 6 years have been the hottest ever. Now this grim total: in 2020 there were 22 weather and climate disasters, including a record 7 disasters linked to tropical cyclones, 13 to severe storms, 1 to drought, and 1 to wildfires. What did all that disaster cost: combined nearly $100 billion dollars in damage in one year.
Why This Matters: Climate change is getting more and more expensive each year. According to the National Climate Data Center, since 1980 the U.S. has experienced 285 weather and climate billion-dollar disasters, for a total cost of $1.875 trillion.
Here is everything you need to know in 4 charts.
2020 Shattered the Record for Most Billion-Dollar Events in a Year
Both the number and cost of weather and climate disasters are rising due to a combination of population growth and development on top of climate change.
California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida are experiencing the worst of it.
Much of the country is experiencing both droughts and flooding – a double whammy.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.
Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,” and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.
This week we sat down with Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University to talk about his new book The New Climate War in which he examined a century of history to break down science misinformation tactics deployed by industries like tobacco and oil and gas that were used to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After being forced to make major cuts to California’s environmental programs just eight months ago, last week, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $227 billion budget deal that would bolster a set of environmental initiatives. The proposal designates $4.1 billion to fight forest fires, reduce smog, and increase the […]
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