Extreme weather fuelled by climate change is on the rise- and so are the associated costs. In the last 40 years, 663 disasters linked to climate change in the United States killed 14,223 people. The total cost: an estimated $1.77 trillion, a bit more than Canada’s Gross National Product in 2018.
Devastating tropical storms – like Cyclone Amphan- are increasing in both frequency and intensity due to climate change. Planning for extreme weather and other climate risk factors, and taking appropriate action, are needed to avoid a future tragedy like the one unfolding in Sundarban.
As floodwaters regularly rise in southeast Louisiana, so do the costs to protect communities. Understanding the true costs of climate risks like sea level rise, and greater frequency of floods and hurricanes, will inform better decision-making by residents and policy makers alike.