In the year that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris accord and downplayed global warming as a security threat, the US received a harsh reminder of the perils of the rise in the planet’s temperature: a destructive rash of hurricanes, fires and floods.
According to Bloomberg, the US recorded 15 weather events costing $1 billion or more each through early October, one short of the record 16 in 2011, according
to the federal government’s National Centers for Environmental
Information in Asheville, North Carolina. And that tally doesn’t include
the recent wildfires in southern California, one of which grew to be
the largest fire in state history, according to Bloomberg.
Among the most devastating events were hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and wildfires in northern California. The
killer storms caused economic losses of more than $210 billion in the
U.S. and across the Caribbean, and about $100 billion in insured
damages, according to Mark Bove, a senior research scientist with Munich Reinsurance America in Princeton, New Jersey.