Although hearing that natural disasters cost us billions in money isn’t exactly a surprise, the latest report from The National Climate Data Center is shocking.
The findings published by the NCDC reveal that, due to events like Hurricane Sandy, 2012 has been the second costliest year for America since the 1980s.
The series of severe weather and climate disasters has cost $110 billion in damages across the entire country; this is a staggering amount and one that we probably wouldn’t have guessed at if we had been told to give a rough estimate.
During the costly year of 2012, 11 natural disasters happened that incurred at least $1 billion in damages each; these series of events included the spring tornado outbreaks and such extensive droughts that wildfires caused over 9.2 millions acres of damage to land in the West.
However, out of all the 11 natural disasters, Hurricane Sandy was the most expensive at a shocking $65 billion in damages.
This incredibly high figure is a lot different to the initial reports that Sandy would only cost $20 billion; although neither sum is desired by the powers that be, 20 billion would definitely be kinder on the economy than 65.
The gigantic storm of October 2012 caused a record storm surge, with a series of historic flooding and power outages that stretched along the length of the East Coast.
The NCDC’s report also details the various other natural disaster expenses that have set countries back billions of dollars, with the most costly year actually being 2005 because of the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina.
This memorable event that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf, ended up costing $160 billion in damages.
The statistics and numbers revealed in this report will have many environmentalists stressing the need to curb our over-pollution of Mother Nature; however, with 2013 already lining up a shocking display of natural occurrences, is there any way that we can actually rectify the damage already done?
Already 2013 has racked up six separate billion dollar events that have already proven shockingly expensive, and only in the short time frame of five months.
Whatever your feelings about climate change, lets hope that we can claw back some of the damage done in an attempt to save us from emotional and financial losses that have become associated with natural disasters.
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