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Yes, talk about climate change after storms
17 September 2017, 04:55 | Melissa Porter
Yes, talk about climate change after storms
As expected, the Department of Labor has announced employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of Hurricane Irma that parallels that of Hurricane Harvey. But the consensus among scientists is that the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and warmer oceans, made those storms far more destructive than they would have been in previous decades. "It's not the approximate cause of the storm, but it makes these bad storms worse". For example, people who live through storms, such as Harvey or Irma, might start supporting policies created to help us build resilience against climate change. In the wake of Harvey and Irma and extreme weather-related loss events worldwide, it's time for economic reality to overcome ideology. By the year 2100, the averted warming would be less than two-tenths of a degree Celsius, and the averted sea level rise would be less than 2cm.
Both storms were massive in scope. So, instead of rolling over the region, it got stuck for several days, dumping a year's worth of rainfall in less than a week. More than 80% of the company's restaurants are in the storm-hit areas. I know we have beach renourishment issues. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a September 7 CNN interview that it was "insensitive" to focus on the cause and effect of the hurricanes in lieu of the recovery efforts to help the impacted communities.
Other administration officials also refused to address the matter.
In light of the Category 4 hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which tore through Texas and Florida, respectively, climate change is on everyone's mind.
And even though the odds of that happening are low - it would be an act of suicide by the North Korean dynasty - President Donald Trump is ready to spend billions on anti-missile systems, warships, cyberdefenses, air power and war games to defuse and deter this North Korean threat.
350.org and millions of Twitter users argued on Wednesday that by not contextualizing the role of global warming throughout their coverage of storms like Irma and Harvey, media outlets are as much to blame for inaction on climate change as the politicians who deny its existence.
Given these conditions, a global state of emergency needs to be announced for climate change and urgent steps need to be undertaken to reduce the global carbon footprint. So apparently, talking about climate change in hurricane season is just a "misplaced" waste of time. "This brings it home". Scientists see warming temperatures across the West as a contributing factor.
Regalado said he didn't buy the idea that the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma was an "anomaly".
Some scientists say that clear trend lines have emerged despite these limitations. "What you will find is that we're basically saying the same thing, which is that climate change exacerbates those risks" posed by the storms. If the hurricane had moved on like a normal storm, it wouldn't have dumped as much rain in any one spot.
So even if the number of mostly smaller storms diminishes, that's not what counts. Harvey dumped more rain on Houston - about 50 inches - than any storm in USA history. Man-made warming did not cause Harvey and Irma. "He found that "(t) here is no evidence that global warming is influencing Texas coastal precipitation in the long term and little evidence that warmer than normal temperatures had any real impact on the precipitation intensity from this storm".
"But everything in the atmosphere now is impacted by the fact that it's warmer than it's ever been", Miller said. In cities, where upwards of 40 percent of the landscape is impervious to water, flooding is more damaging. And all of that really only pushes the impact in one direction, and that is worse: "higher surge in storms, higher rainfall in storms". Although scientific evidence indicating such is now vague, he pointed out that the Atlantic tropical storm Arlene was spotted in April, alarmingly out of season.
For now, the only point on which there is a national consensus is that storms did indeed occur. Deniers say the increasing destruction caused by natural events is just cyclical, not a permanent condition.
"More than 90% of the people doing the research are in very good agreement about what's going on", Sublette said.
"We ought to go solve problems".
But I think the rest of us can all chew gum and walk at the same time.
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