The cost of meteorological disasters in the United States has risen to a record 306,000 million dollars in 2017, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.
The report published by the agency shows the economic risks of climate change despite the doubts presented by the Administration of the country’s president, Donald Trump, on the causes of global warming, which has caused the abandonment of the United States of the Paris Agreement .
The agency has indicated that the fires that took place in the country throughout 2017 –especially in the west–, as well as the hurricanes ‘Harvey’, ‘María’, and ‘Irma’, have turned it into the year most expensive in history when it comes to dealing with these types of expenses.
The expenditure recorded in 2005, when the ‘Katrina’, ‘Wilma’ and ‘Rita’ took place, was 215,000 million dollars.
On the other hand, NOAA has warned that annual temperatures are above 54.6 degrees Fahrenheit (12.6 degrees Celsius), 2.6 degrees more than the average recorded in the twentieth century and the warmest since they began to register these data in 1895. They are followed by the years 2012 and 2016.
Scientists have come to the conclusion that carbon dioxide emissions, as well as other fossil fuels coming mainly from industry, are negatively influencing climate change, leading to floods, droughts and storms.
However, the Trump Administration has promised to increase national production of coal, gas and oil, despite the recommendations given by the experts.