(This article is published in Salon.)
U.S. politicians frequently insist that climate change is too remote of a threat to deal with today. If they even acknowledge its existence, they often argue its effects are abstract and that it is a distraction from more pressing concerns in the here and now.
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was pilloried by conservative politicians and pundits for insisting in the first two Democratic debates that anthropogenic climate change is the greatest threat to national security.
A new comprehensive U.N. report, however, suggests that Sanders is indeed correct.
90 percent of major disasters in the last 20 years have been weather-related, according to “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters,” a study released today by the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
And the U.S. has been hit with more weather-related disasters than any other country.