Unless you’ve been living alongside a naked mole rat over the past year, you probably have a sense that this year has seen some pretty crazy weather. Already, this year has set a record for billion-dollar disasters in the United States, according to the National Climatic Data Center–with at least 10 disasters of this caliber (so far) and a bill amounting to $50 billion.
We here at Spinach have brought attention to this in multiple posts–from a general take on extreme weather, to the drought in Texas, to the impact extreme weather will have on insurance costs. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its report on extreme weather events entitled “Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters” (SREX). The culmination of two years of work by over 100 scientists, the report further solidifies that as climates continuing changing, humanity faces increasing risks of extreme weather events. Once again, the take-home message: Unless we act, we’re in for a bumpy ride.
Check it out at: http://www.ipcc.ch/index.htm