2017 was a bad year for damage-causing disasters. On average, according to data from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, there are 6 billion-dollar disasters a year in the United States. Last year, however, there were 16, costing more than $306 billion dollars in damage.
The other day I heard someone ask, if climate change is human-caused, why did the climate change long before humans were ever around like the ice ages, etc. While changes have always been a part of natural cycles, two things make these changes different:
First off – changes are happening at a much more rapid pace than ever before. Previous shifts were slow with time for nature to adapt.
Secondly – civilization wasn't around so any changes did not disrupt life and lead to war, displacement, or human suffering.
Climate change is happening and the cost of it is only going to increase. Humans in any one of the 16 places where billion-dollar disasters struck can attest to the cost last year. What will the cost be this year? Or next? What is the cost of inaction? Of action that rolls-back efforts? Of actions that negatively compound th?
Are you a spoiler or a steward?
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