In 2011, the U.S. saw more weather catastrophes that caused at least $1 billion in damage than it did in all of the 1980s. There were 96 declared disasters this past year in the U.S. Ten years ago there were half that number.
Climate change is like steroids for many extreme weather-related events like drought, floods, mega-fires, heat waves and rain. Many of these events get intensified and amplified in our new climate. Increased carbon pollution links to extreme changes in temperature and more intense droughts.
Forests keep our air and water clean, so helping protect them can help us mitigate climate change and prepare for the future. The Nature Conservancy is working to reduce global carbon pollution caused by deforestation- about 15% of the overall carbon pollution pie.
On Long Island, we are working on “The Costal Reliance Project” to keep New Yorker’s safe from sea level rise due to climate change.