From the Homeland Security Wire: U.S. suffered at least $8 billion climate-related disasters so far this year
We are only halfway through 2016 and the United States has already seen eight weather and climate-related disasters* that have each met or exceeded $1 billion in damages. These eight disasters resulted in the loss of thirty lives, and caused at least $13.1 billion. Since 1980 the United States has sustained 196 weather and climate disasters in which overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. The total cost of these 196 events exceeds $1.1 trillion.
From the Wall St. Journal: Earthquakes and Storms Raise Costs of Natural Disasters.
Earthquakes in Japan, storms in the U.S. and Europe, and wildfires in Canada caused the greatest damage in the first half
“Climate doesn’t kill; weather does. Based on both intensity and number of storms, we are in a relatively benign climatic period.”
Both of the above statements are false.
First, according to NASA:
“The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time….In short, climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a particular area.”
Both terms refer to the same phenomenon, just occurring over different time-frames, and as such, both can obviously “kill.”
Second, I strongly urge those interested in climate change and extreme patterns and events to check out the following “The most common fallacy in discussing extreme weather events” article at Realclimate.org (climate change for climate scientists), as well as the related articles posted after this one:
Climate doesn’t kill; weather does. Based on both intensity and number of storms, we are in a relatively benign climatic period.