U.S. Environmental Disasters

U.S. Environmental Disasters
U.S. Environmental Disasters

Proof Point

NOAA data showed number of environmental disasters in U.S. reached record 16 in 2011 and 2017, with severe storms most frequently occurring

U.S. Environmental Disasters

1998 – 2017 (number and percentage)

Proof Point Findings

  • Environmental Disaster – Extreme weather event attributed to global warming and climate change that costed billions of dollars in losses and may have led to death or loss of life
  • Accelerating Events – According to data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), number of disasters in U.S. grew from 2011 to 2017, with disaster events reaching 12 per year on average during period, and most disasters, 16 events in total, occurred in 2011 and 2017
  • Most Frequent Storms – Severe storms are most frequent environmental disaster, which occurred 79 times between 1998 and 2017 or half of all disaster events during period, with nine happening in 2011 alone
  • Deadliest Tropical Cyclones – Tropical cyclones most costly of environment disasters, caused 3,070 deaths between 1998 and 2017, followed by severe storms which took 1,281 lives
  • Key Drivers – Include climate change and global warming, rapid urbanization, and population growth


Market Disruption


Date Last Updated

September 10, 2018

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