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Extreme weather expert Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: The figure above shows the annual costs of weather disasters (data from Munich Re) as a proportion of global GDP (data from the UN), from 1990 to 2017.
2017 ranks 2nd to 2005;
The dataset is dominated by US hurricanes (accounting for about 70% of losses);
The trend from 1990 to 2017 is downward;
6 of past 10 years have been below average;
Le Quere has this to say in the Tyndall Centre’s press release on the topic today:
This year we have seen how climate change can amplify the impacts of hurricanes with more intense rainfall, higher sea levels and warmer ocean conditions favouring more powerful storms.
As we know, there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for this statement.
It is a sad state of affairs when supposedly objective scientists are prepared to lie to support their beliefs.
Heller: "This past year was a disaster for them scientifically – but based on polling they were highly successful with their propaganda."
2021 climate facts: According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, Arctic sea ice extent finished the year at the highest level since 2003.
Arctic sea ice extent is about the same as it was in 1991. ... There has been no trend in Arctic sea ice extent for the past fifteen years.
Antarctica’s coldest six months on record and second coldest winter
US forest fire burn acreage was well below average and down 80% since the 1930s.
The US is getting wetter and droughts have become less severe and frequent.
Island nations have been getting larger, not disappearing as predicted.
Also see: 2021 ‘hottest year’ BUST: NASA GISS, UK Met Office, RSS, UAH, all show global temps declining since 2016 – 2021 an ‘imperceptible 0.134C warmer than 30-year average’
‘Unprecedentedly few’: ‘2021 had the fewest global hurricanes in the satellite era’ & 2nd fewest strong hurricanes since 1980
"The number of tornadoes in 2021 has been well below average." - 2021 had "a below-average tornado, wind damage, and hail season."