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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.