The Rising Tide of Billion-Dollar Disasters: Analyzing the Surge
Dissecting the boom in costly climate disasters
In the latest episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham welcome Mathew Sanders, a senior officer for Pew’s U.S. Conservation program, to discuss his illuminating article: "What’s Driving the Boom in Billion-Dollar Disasters? A Lot". This episode delves into the alarming increase in frequency and cost of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in the U.S., examining factors such as extreme weather, population migration, changes in land use, and ill-advised development. The discussion pivots around recent catastrophic events, including the devastating Maui wildfire and the record-breaking temperatures of 2023, providing a stark illustration of the challenges at hand. Sanders, with his deep expertise in state resilience policy, offers insightful analysis and potential solutions to these pressing issues. Tune in to understand how these disasters are reshaping our world and what can be done to mitigate their impact.