In the short span of roughly two weeks, the Earth has shown the world its true wrath. I'm not talking just hurricanes. Wildfires are raging throughout the West, too. Some regions are flooded, others in flames. This is the United States of America. Today. Right now.
Hurricane Irma has already landed on the Caribbean with the islands of Antigua and St. Martin seeing damage. Currently, Irma is headed to Puerto Rico and Cuba with Florida sitting in its potential path, too. Texas is still dealing with former Hurricane Harvey's impacts, too.
United Nations Chief Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday (Sept. 5) that natural disasters have quadrupled since 1970, per the Associated Press, and that most of these have occurred in the U.S. since 1995. I've already laid out the disproportionate impact such disasters have on people of color, but here are some more numbers to wrap your head around what these look like—by the numbers.