Extreme weather and climate change in the U.S.

Statista overview report on extreme weather events and climate change in the United States

Extreme weather and climate change in the U.S.

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges that our society faces today and a major concern for many Americans. Stronger links between the warming planet and changing weather patterns have been established. Destructive extreme weather events become more likely in the United States and globally. Recent natural disasters were some of the most extreme events on record, leading to human lives lost and devastating the livelihoods of even more people. Not only has the number of extreme events increased in the last decade, the severity and the resulting economic costs have also risen.

Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and severity, all while expanding into regions that were previously unaffected. Some areas are more susceptible to certain natural disasters but almost the entire U.S. population will soon face dangers from extreme weather events like extreme heat and flooding. Concerns of Americans about climate change and extreme weather have fluctuated over the years, however, as more Americans face these destructive events, the urgency to adapt to these events will grow. ​

This report provides an overview on some of the major natural disasters that impact the United States. Additionally, it provides insights into public sentiment regarding climate change and extreme weather as well as an outlook for the future.

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