The US is now the only country outside the Arctic where the number of severe weather days has reached three-year highs

A single, devastating California fire season wiped out years of efforts to cut emissions, raise water and prevent other manmade catastrophes, causing the most widespread global warming since 1992.

More than half of the globe has seen no year of above average temperatures in its recorded history, and most of that exceptional warmth occurred between 1962 and 2005, or even between 1951 and 1975 in some instances. We are at the lowest level of the post-1950 average in more than 30 years and are now heading past the average of the past 200 years.

In only the past 12 months we have had the coldest March in over a decade and the coldest weather on record, with many areas experiencing record lows and snow, as well as a record drought.

The effects are being felt in every corner of the globe, with record-breaking snowfall and flooding in the Arctic and unprecedented wildfires across Russia, Siberia and Alaska.

Global warming has continued since the year 2000, with warming accelerating on average by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade, despite efforts by nations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and the impact of global warming is likely to grow across all areas of our lives.

Warming has already increased the frequency of extreme weather such as droughts, floods, heat waves, storms, wildfires and even the threat of superstorms.

In this climate crisis, the impacts in the US are likely to be most dramatic.

The extreme weather in the US:

The US is now the only country outside of the Arctic where the number of severe weather days has reached three-year highs, with one year on record as of Friday, July 13, for the number of days including at least five straight days above 100F, or 33C, since March 2, 2013.

Hurricane Sandy, which killed more than 100 people and left parts of the northeast with the worst damage from a natural disaster in decades, is the most extreme weather ever to hit the US mainland. It was the first US category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic since Katrina and the most major windstorm to strike the US this year.

Climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of storms, droughts and flooding, intensifying the risk of drought, forest damage and wildfires, and increasing risks of extreme heat or heat waves, and drought.

It has already led to a rise in the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as floods, droughts

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