Climate is always changing claims the denial industry. You just have to look outside your window everyday and the climate has changed from what it was yesterday. Deniers are willfully confusing weather and climate to diffuse any argument for taking action on climate change. According to NASA,
The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere “behaves” over relatively long periods of time.
Forget the Future. Climate Change is Here and Now
You can forget the future. Climate change is here and now. The future has arrived a little earlier than expected. According to Suzanne Goldengerg writing in TheGuardian, our world is already nearly five times as dangerous and disaster prone as it was 30-40 years ago.
Disasters by Decade
Natural disasters- floods, heat waves, droughts, wildfires, storms – are occurring at a rate five times faster than they were in the seventies – 3,496 disasters from 2001-2010 versus 743 from 1971-1980. The evidence clearly points to warming temperatures and climate change as the leading causes of the greater frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
There were 8,835 disasters during 1970-2012. Close to 80 percent were due to storms and flooding.
Extreme Weather and Droughts
Extreme weather events are increasing the number of deaths around the globe. Heat waves in particular are the new killer. During the first decade of this century, extreme heat has become one of the leading causes of deaths caused by natural disasters.
Of all the global disaster-related deaths, storms were by far the biggest threat to life – about 1.45 million of a total of 1.94 million deaths. This was followed by famine-related deaths caused by severe droughts.
The economic losses from disasters were more than 5 times higher in 2010 than they were in the seventies. The primary cause for this dramatic increase has been the greater number of severe floods around the globe.
Over the last four decades, the cost of disasters amounted to an astounding total of $2390.7 billion. Storms accounted for 51 percent of those damages. Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy alone were responsible for almost 10 percent of all extreme weather damages.