That’s the big question at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP27, and it’s controversial.
A recovery expert explains what these estimates include and what could be done to make disasters less costly.
Many government agencies help people whose lives are thrown off course, but not everyone is eligible or able to access that aid.
Research on Hurricane Harvey found that flood insurance and strong social networks were key factors in determining how quickly people recovered, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Most of the flooded communities are Indigenous and rely on subsistence hunting that residents would normally be doing right now. Recovering from the damage will make that harder.
Reducing greenhouse gases is expensive, but it’s a great investment compared to the damage we can expect to the Canadian economy if the climate warms 5 C by 2100.