In 2017-18, the USA experienced a variety of extreme climatic events, including several hurricanes on its southern borders that rank as some of the costliest ever. Tornadoes, drought, wildfires and associated landslides on the west coast caused significant deaths, and the east coast suffered extreme cold and snow during the 2017-18 winter. All of these led to a record cost for natural disasters in the USA of $306 billion, breaking the previous highest total of $215 billion in 2005. Sixteen separate weather events each exceeded $1 billion.

This Geography Factsheet will give details of some of these disasters, and discuss to what extent climate change is responsible for those extreme weather events. Current national and state policies on climate change will be outlined.

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September 2018


ISSN: 1351-5136

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