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At least 20 people have died from Europe’s extreme heat. The Arctic caught on fire. This is what climate change looks like.

People don’t understand how disaster-relief money gets spent—and it makes them less likely to donate

Over the last two years, the United States has experienced 30 natural disasters that have each caused at least a billion dollars worth of damage. In many cases, the damage toll was far higher: The 2017 trifecta of Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma combined for a total of $265 billion in losses.

About 30% of Americans made donations to help during those events. But new data shows that most people who give to disaster-relief organizations during times of crisis don’t actually understand how that money is going to be spent. Less than a quarter of Americans feel “very clear” about the what groups soliciting them in times of need will do with their donations, according to survey of 1,200 people from the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance first reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

That’s problematic for a couple reasons: At their current participation rate, Americans are contributing about $10 billion in collective relief annually. The bulk of those donations are in the low hundreds of…

 

At least 20 people have died from Europe’s extreme heat. The Arctic caught on fire. This is what climate change looks like.

EU

France’s national weather agency has estimated that the number of heat waves in the country doubled in the past 34 years and will probably double again by 2050.

Thursday was Paris’ hottest day in recorded history.

The thermometer in the French capital hit 108.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42.6 degrees Celsius). Locals hopped into the Trocadéro fountain across from the Eiffel Tower, and cyclists in the Tour de France donned vests made of ice.

Belgium also experienced record-breaking heat— over 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius) — and temperatures in the Netherlands soared above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for the first time ever…

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