$95 Billion Damages: US Saw Record Year For Climate-Driven Catastrophes

“Report shows US was battered by punishing extreme weather on both the east and west coasts in 2020”

“The US was battered by a record number of weather and climate-driven disasters in 2020 as extensive wildfires scorched the west, hurricanes in quick succession pummeled the east and extreme heat swept across the heart of the country, a new federal government report has shown.

A total of 22 major disasters, defined as each causing at least $1bn in damage, swept the US last year, six more than the previous record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa).

At least 262 people died, with $95bn in total damages recorded, the federal agency reported on Friday.”

Oliver Milman reports for the Guardian January 8, 2021.