Extreme Weather In The U.S. Broke Over 120,000 Records In 2019
According to data compiled by the National Centers for Environmental Information, extreme weather incidents in the United States this year set more than 120,000 records, The Hill reported.
In all, 122,055 records were set, including those for daily high and low temperatures and record precipitation for both rain and snow.
Some of the incidents that broke records include “heat waves that hit Alaska and raised temps to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a winter storm that brought snow to Hawaii, and rain that flooded the Midwest and hurt crops.”
But even as such records are broken, President Donald Trump and his administration continue to rail against the notion of taking action to combat climate change.
The Hill noted that Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord — a move that becomes official in November 2020 — making the United States the only country in the entire world to reject the international agreement.
Meanwhile, the United Nations’ annual climate report warned this year “that unprecedented measures are needed to reverse climate change.”
“Every year of delay beyond 2020 brings a need for faster cuts, which become increasingly expensive, unlikely and impractical,” the report said. “Delays will also quickly put the 1.5C goal out of reach.”