03 Jan '12, 1am

These 32 Extreme Weather Disasters Each Did Over $1 Billion in Damage in 2011

These 32 Extreme Weather Disasters Each Did Over $1 Billion in Damage in 2011

NASA Goddard Intstitute /Public Domain As if you somehow hadn't heard, 2011 was a record-shattering year for extreme weather events around the globe. Floods, drought, and storms killed tens of thousands of people and caused over $150 billion in damages. In fact, at least 32 disasters caused more than a billion dollars in damage, and four topped out over $10 billion each. Droughts in Somalia led to a bona fide famine–the U.N. used the official term for the first time in 30 years–which claimed the lives of over 30,000 people, most of whom were children. Huge, often unprecedented flooding rocked Brazil, Colombia, Pakistan, Australia, and, Thailand. It was a downright disastrous year. And, as we all know, climate scientists predict that these kinds of disasters (floods and drought especially) will occur more frequently as global warming progresses. So it's imperative that we d...

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