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'''Extreme weather events and costs''' associated with climate change are occurring across the world. '''Extreme weather events and costs''' associated with climate change are occurring across the world.
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==2011== ==2011==
 +* Tropical Cyclone Carlos lashed Darwin on 15-16 February 2011. 400 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours and winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour knocked down trees and powerlines across the city.<ref>[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/16/3140812.htm Cyclone lashes Darwin but shelters stay shut], ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)</ref>.
 +Main roads have been cut by floodwaters and a 6.6-metre high tide is expected later Wednesday.
* On 4 February 2011, bitterly cold temperatures set in across the United States following a massive storm which dumped snow, ice and sleet over a 3,000-kilometre stretch from Texas to Maine. The storm - one of the largest since the 1950s - killed dozens and affected around 100 million people.<ref>[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/04/3129992.htm Dozens dead in US snow storms], ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)</ref> * On 4 February 2011, bitterly cold temperatures set in across the United States following a massive storm which dumped snow, ice and sleet over a 3,000-kilometre stretch from Texas to Maine. The storm - one of the largest since the 1950s - killed dozens and affected around 100 million people.<ref>[http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/04/3129992.htm Dozens dead in US snow storms], ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)</ref>
* [[Cyclone Yasi|Tropical Cyclone Yasi]] smashed the north Queensland coast on 3 February 2011, causing damage with estimated costs in excess of AUS$4b * [[Cyclone Yasi|Tropical Cyclone Yasi]] smashed the north Queensland coast on 3 February 2011, causing damage with estimated costs in excess of AUS$4b

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Cyclone Yasi, NASA Modis Rapid Response
Cyclone Yasi, NASA Modis Rapid Response

Extreme weather events and costs associated with climate change are occurring across the world.

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2011

  • Tropical Cyclone Carlos lashed Darwin on 15-16 February 2011. 400 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours and winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour knocked down trees and powerlines across the city.[1].

Main roads have been cut by floodwaters and a 6.6-metre high tide is expected later Wednesday.

  • On 4 February 2011, bitterly cold temperatures set in across the United States following a massive storm which dumped snow, ice and sleet over a 3,000-kilometre stretch from Texas to Maine. The storm - one of the largest since the 1950s - killed dozens and affected around 100 million people.[2]
  • Tropical Cyclone Yasi smashed the north Queensland coast on 3 February 2011, causing damage with estimated costs in excess of AUS$4b
  • A national Flood levy is flagged for Australia to cover costs of the 2011 Australian floods estimated to be in excess of AUS$5b

2010

  • The cost of rebuilding Pakistan after its devastating 2010 floods could exceed $10 to $15 billion. These floods have affected 20 million people.[3]

2009

2007

  • The price of saving London from floods could exceed £20 billion[4]
  • The 2007 Newcastle floods damage bill topped AUS$1 billion, larger than either the (1999) Sydney hailstorm or the (1989) Newcastle earthquake[5]
  • An AUS$10 billion national water management plan is required for the Murray Darling river system[6]
  • AUS$4.9 billion water plan for Victoria, including construction of the world's largest desalination plant, with household water bills to double over next 5 years[7]
  • US$150 to 200 billion total economic impact to Louisiana and Mississippi by Hurricane Katrina[8]
  • AUS$20 to AUS$40 million just to rebuild the roads and bridges after the 2007 Gippsland flood.[9]

References

  1. Cyclone lashes Darwin but shelters stay shut, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  2. Dozens dead in US snow storms, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  3. Rebuilding after Pakistan floods could reach $15 bln, Reuters
  4. UK News, The Observer, Sunday June 10, 2007
  5. Moriss Iemma, The Age, 18 June 2007
  6. Sydney Morning Herald, January 25, 2007
  7. The Age, June 19, 2007
  8. MNBC & Associated Press, September 10, 2005
  9. ABC News, July 3, 2007


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