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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Disasters and Risk

I'm sharing a couple of older (2-4 weeks old) articles today.  This one looks at the costs of disasters, especially in the U.S.  The U.S. was hit hard in 2012, especially by a widespread drought that affected farmers over much of the central part of the country and Sandy, which set a course for the most populated corridor in the country.  The result?  90% of the world's disaster costs in the world were borne by the U.S.  At the same time, coverage of climate change in the media dropped a bit from 2011.  Sticking one's head in the sand never solved any problems....it's about time that we face the reality that disasters like this are inevitable, and that climate change is only stacking the deck in their favor.

U.S. hit with 90% of the world's disaster costs in 2012 

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