The U.N. recently released a report giving humanity 12 years to correct climate change before global disaster, but climate catastrophe is already happening.
According to a new report released by the United Nations, extreme weather events and natural disasters have cost upwards of $2.9 trillion over the last 20 years.
The report comes as torrential downpours in Mallorca, Spain killed at least 10, a tsunami powered by rising sea levels has killed at least 2,073 with another 5,000 still missing in Indonesia, and as Hurricane Michael crashes into the Florida Panhandle and the Carolinas with super-charged force thanks to warming oceans.
“We really need to have some disaster risk reduction and disaster risk mitigation, that is adaptation for the short term, for a 5-to-10-year period. Poor people in poor countries do not have 20 years, 30 years, 40 years. Most of those children will be dead. This is what is going to happen. Either they will be dead because of the catastrophe itself, or they will be dead because of the prevailing, persistent effect of malnutrition that comes along with these catastrophes, with the droughts and the floods.” — Professor Debarati Guha, contributor to the U.N. report
At least two people have died as a result of Hurricane Michael in Florida, a state whose governor has long denied climate change and has actively suppressed any and all efforts to combat or research it.
In 2011, Governor Rick Scott banned employees in the state’s Department of Environmental Protection from using the words “climate change,” “global warming,” and “sea level rise.”
The Carolinas were only just recently hit by Hurricane Florence and suffered tremendous damage and loss of life; now they are bracing for a second pummeling from Michael.
As both the frequency and intensity of these storms continue to ramp up, it is becoming increasingly probable that many parts of the eastern seaboard will become uninhabitable within our lifetimes, especially if our politicians continue down the road of climate change denial and obstructionism.
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