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Climate Disasters Daily? Welcome to the ‘New Normal.’

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Unprecedented extreme weather events are taking place across the United States, from catastrophic floods in the Hudson Valley to heat domes over Phoenix
• Meanwhile, “El Niño” is developing in the Pacific Ocean, and is expected to amplify these conditions even further

🔭 The context: Previously unique events like wildfires, floods, and deadly heatwaves are becoming increasingly frequent and widespread
• The shift in weather patterns and its stark effects are not unnoticed, but the public's reaction varies (some acknowledging the link to climate change and others denying it)

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The escalating severity of climate disasters highlights the urgent need for robust action to address climate change 

⏭️ What's next: There are calls for major societal change and more aggressive climate policies to counter greenhouse gas emissions which keep on rising globally

💬 One quote: “We are going to see stuff happen this year around Earth that we have not seen in modern history.” (Jeff Berardelli, chief meteorologist and climate specialist for WFLA News)

📈 One stat: Weather disasters causing more than $1 billion in damage are increasing in the US
• In 1980, the average time between billion-dollar disasters was 82 days. From 2018-22, the average time between these extreme events, even accounting for inflation, was just 18 days

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