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Rising Tide

The number of natural disasters since 1996 costing $1 billion or more doubled compared with the previous 15-year period.

Note: Damage numbers represent the 2012 Consumer Price Index cost adjusted value except in the case of 2012 estimates; Data: NOAA, IHS Global Insight; Bloomberg
Daniel is graphics director for Bloomberg Businessweek. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferdaniel.

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