Jan 9, 2021: 2020—new record of extreme weather events

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a report that surprise-surprise 2020, among its other worst-year-ever claims, was also the worst year for weather/climate disaster events. These are measured by dollars, as in billion-dollar events, and there were 22 of them, comprised of 13 severe storms 7 tropical cyclones, 1 wildfire and 1 drought. The average number of such events from 1980-2020 was 7 per year. The last four years more than doubled to 16.2 events per year. Geez. Think there’s something going on here?

By November 188 people died in these events. The numbers of wildlife lost in the United States is not as well reported but one does need much of an imagination to conjure tragically high numbers. According to the newly released 2020 Living Planet Report, produced by the WWF, population sizes of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians declined globally by an average of 68 percent between 1970 and 2016.