The Science Agency confirms that the United States will witness the largest number of extreme weather and climate disasters ever recorded in 2023.

The Science Agency confirms that the United States will witness the largest number of extreme weather and climate disasters ever recorded in 2023.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released its annual report tallying the death toll from extreme weather and climate disasters in the United States for 2023. According to the agency, at least 492 lives were lost in 28 separate disasters that each reported damage worth $ Billion dollars or more at a total economic cost of at least $92.9 billion last year. According to the data, 2023 ranks first in terms of the number of billion-dollar climate and extreme weather disasters, and sixth in terms of the costs of these events. It was also the eighth deadliest year on record. The release of this data comes as global scientific agencies confirm that 2023 was the hottest year on record for the world, which is expected to be confirmed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA later this week. It also follows the conclusion of annual UN climate change talks, where countries agreed for the first time in 30 years to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Human-caused climate change, due primarily to the use of fossil fuels, is rapidly worsening as the planet warms and is contributing to many of these types of disasters – including extreme heat, wildfires, drought, severe storms and floods. Extreme weather events also add undue stress to the US power grid and other essential infrastructure, as well as persistent social and economic challenges and maladaptive practices, leading to escalating harm to people, the economy, and critical ecosystems.

The following is a statement by Dr. Rachel Cletus, Policy Director and Chief Economist for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

“It is unequivocally clear that human-caused climate change is a major contributor to the record number of billion-dollar disasters the United States experienced last year, and the massive human toll and costs they have imposed on societies. The impacts of these disasters have reverberated throughout across the economy, impacting homeowners, farmers, insurance markets, business operations, supply chains, critical infrastructure, and more. It has also claimed hundreds of lives and harmed the health of millions of people, disproportionately affecting young children, the elderly, and people of color As global greenhouse emissions rise, it is unfortunate that the future will bring with it more unprecedented disasters and along with risky development patterns, this will put more people, property and infrastructure at risk.

“The rapidly worsening and inequitable economic and public health consequences of the climate crisis are an urgent call to action. Policymakers at all levels of government; business; and energy, land use, and emergency planners must ensure widespread investment in climate resilience and a sharp transition from Moving fossil fuels toward clean energy to help protect people's health, lives, and livelihoods Each year of delay will result in greater suffering and increasing climate damage for people across the country — even as fossil fuel companies and their shareholders make billions of dollars in profits.

“Congress and the Biden administration must also ensure that strong financial support reaches American communities disproportionately affected by climate disasters, including low-income communities and communities of color, as well as low- and middle-income countries globally that are severely affected by climate disasters.” “Countless.”

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an interview with Dr. Cletus, please contact UCS Climate and Energy Media Manager Ashley Seifert Nunes. UCS also has experts available who can talk about:

  • Global temperatures for 2023.
  • The relationship between climate change and extreme weather events, such as frequent and intense extreme heat, wildfires, drought, storms, and floods.
  • Why USC coined the term “danger season” to describe a new reality: a series of extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change that tend to concentrate and collide with each other during the summer months.
  • Modern attribution science shows fossil fuel companies are responsible for climate impacts and damages.
  • The ways in which frequent and costly extreme weather events impact access to homeowner's insurance.
  • How the United States can meet its climate goals and reduce emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
  • What do countries need to achieve at the upcoming UN climate change talks, COP29, in Azerbaijan?
  • What can local, state, and federal governments do to reduce carbon emissions, transform the economy, and ensure communities are adequately prepared for climate change.

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