The US was battered by a record number of weather and climate-driven disasters in 2020 as extensive wildfires scorched the west, hurricanes in quick succession pummeled the east and extreme heat swept across the heart of the country, a new federal government report has shown. A total of 22 major disasters, defined as each causing at least $1bn in damage, swept the US last year, six more than the previous record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). At least 262 people died, with $95bn in total damages recorded, the federal agency reported on Friday.
Guardian 8th Jan 2021 read more »
Last year was warmest on record for Europe as carbon dioxide levels reach new peak. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are also set to reach a record high this year, Met Office scientists said.
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