06 Jun '11, 8pm

Natural Disasters Left 42 Million People Homeless Last Year

Photo credit: Giro55 via Flickr /CC BY Twice as Many People Were Displaced by Natural Disasters in 2010 as 2009 The massive flooding along the Mississippi, the severe drought in Texas, the bizarre tornado season -- the seriously extreme weather that marked the first half of 2011 is almost enough to make you forget about the seriously extreme weather of 2010. As you'll recall, that year saw uber-intense snowstorms in the US, devastating heat waves in Russia, and crippling flooding in Pakistan and Australia. Seeing as how this weather is being described by climate scientists as "the new normal" , perhaps we should start getting a sense for what kind of global impact it will render upon human society. For starters, extreme weather led 42 million people to flee their homes in 2010 -- almost twice as many as in 2009.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/natural-disasters...

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