Weather disasters cost U.S. record $306bn in 2017 – NOAA

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the U.S. a record 306 dollars in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on .

The report from the federal underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump’s administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has started withdrawing the U.S. from a global pact to combat it.

NOAA said western wildfires and hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma contributed to making 2017 the costliest year on record.

The previous record was 215 dollars in 2005, when hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, and Rita slammed the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Average annual temperatures contiguous U.S. were 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12.6 degrees Celsius), 2.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average and the third warmest since record began in 1895, following 2012 and 2016, the said.

Scientists have long concluded that carbon dioxide and emissions from fossil fuels and industry are driving climate change, leading to floods, droughts, and more frequent powerful storms.

Trump’s administration has promised to U.S. oil, gas and coal production. (Reuters/NAN)