Poll Question: The Pace of Natural Disasters
The National Centers for Environmental Information reported that the United States experienced 11 weather and climate disaster events that each crossed the $1 billion-in losses mark.
These 11 events include Hurricane Florence (Sept. 13); Southwest/Southern Plains Drought; the Colorado Hail Storm (June) and the Northeast Winter Storm (March). Not counted toward the total is the California wildfires that are raging currently.
During 2018 so far, the U.S. has experienced the fourth highest total number of these type of disasters. There have been only three years that saw more billion-dollar-damage events – 2011, 2016 and 2017. These were described by the agency as “very active years.” They could also be described as very expensive. The U.S. spent a record $306.2 billion to clean up 16 major weather events in 2017.
So, what’s the future look like? Are we living in an age where major natural disasters are the new normal owing to global warming? Or are we simply seeing a statistical anomaly in the form of natural disasters.
This week’s poll question asks: “Do you expect the number of billion-dollar natural disasters to increase or decrease in 2019?” You can take the poll on the right side of the page (or scroll down your mobile device.)
As always, readers’ comments are welcome: send them to us here.
REPORT: Wild Fires Rage
The death and damage toll rises in California
A report from NBC News put the latest death toll from wildfires burning in Northern and Southern California at 31. Beyond the human catastrophe, a blaze called the Camp Fire has burned more than 6,000 homes in Northern California.
The article – read it here – also reported that Cal Fire3 doesn’t expect to have the Camp Fire fully under control until the end of the month. It was 25% contained at press time.
Also, in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire was burning across 85,000 acres, from Thousand Oaks to Malibu. It was about 15% contained late Sunday.
USG is a ‘Top Workplace’
USG recognized by the Detroit Free Press and San Diego Union-Tribune.
USG Corporation, the Chicago-based building products maker of Sheetrock and additional building products, has been been named a 2018 ‘Top Workplace’ by the Detroit Free Press and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
USG received the awards as a result of its employees’ responses to a survey about company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay and benefits.
“We are proud to be recognized by our employees as a Top Workplace again this year. Our people are the foundation of our success and we remain committed to investing in opportunities for our employees to continuously learn, grow and thrive at USG,” said Brian Cook, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, USG Corporation. “We strive to foster an innovative and inclusive culture and this honor is a testament to the contributions of our incredible workforce who have made USG an industry leader.”
This marks the 5th year that the Detroit Free Press has named USG as a ‘Top Workplace’ in Michigan, and the second year the company has received the award in San Diego from The San Diego Union-Tribune. The Top Workplaces program is administered annually by independent research firm Energage, in partnership with 30 of the most prestigious publications in the country.
In July, German building materials manufacturer Knauf acquired USG in a $7 billion deal