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Annual costs will reach $ 360 billion in US catastrophes.

Economic losses associated with natural disasters intensified by human activity in the United States. according to a report by the Universal Ecological Fund.

Washington, September 27 (EFE) .- The economic losses associated with natural disasters intensified by human activity in the United States. million dollars a year, according to a report from the Universal Ecological Fund.

To the damages caused by extreme storms, hurricanes, floods, droughts and fires, the study, add up to the enormous health costs of burning fossil fuels.

"Weather events are the result of natural factors. induced by human activity has substantially and measurably altered its intensity and frequency, "said Robert Watson, co-author of the paper and former director of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Over the next decade, economic losses and health costs are projected to reach at least 360 billion per year, which is more than half of annual US growth.

This year alone, the losses associated with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as the nearly one hundred fires in the west of the country, more than $ 300 billion.

"Burning fossil fuels carries with it a giant bill that the US economy can not cope with," Watson added. the pre-2016 decade, there were 92 extreme weather events, compared to 38 in the 1990s and 21 in the 1980s.

The report is released just as the US tries to recover after the passage of three powerful hurricanes: Harvey, that struck the south of Texas and Louisiana; The US government, Donald Trump, who came to the White House in January, has been skeptical about warnings about the risks of global warming, and before the international astonishment announced his retirement of the Agreement of Paris to stop the polluting emissions.

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