David Wheeler at the Washington DC based thinktank Center for Global Development says that the number of Americans affected by extreme weather events has skyrocketed from fewer than 10,000 a year in 1980 to over 2 million a year by 2008. The graph compares the rate (per 100,000 Americans) of being affected by violent weather events (the orange line) and the trend for violent crime (the dotted black line).
Some people think that it’s trends like this that will drive climate change up to the top of the political agenda. What does Gallup say?
As they say Stateside, go figure….
One response to “Go figure”
That report seems a bit light on where the data come from. The US must be very unlucky compared to the rest of the world: http://bit.ly/lXXfJb as those affected globally don’t look to have moved much.
There is a school of thought that the optimal approach to climate change (especially for the poorest countries) is to encourage economic growth to cope with the change, rather than to avoid the climate change (which appear to be pretty much baked in, anyway). So there could be some wisdom in that crowd.