Extreme weather events and climate-induced natural disasters are becoming more frequent and costly; the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that, in 2017 alone, damages and economic loss from extreme weather events reached $306 billion and left behind destroyed infrastructure and toxic flood waters. As of 2017, the United States' infrastructure is rated a D+ by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
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