Storm climate of conflict

Storm climate of conflict”

They've brought untold wealth and prosperity, but at the end of the day their product is responsible for carbon emissions that trap heat in the atmosphere.

In Florida the writing seems quite menacingly on the wall.

It's not just man-made climate change that's upsetting the environment.

Rising instances of these mega storms are now prompting environmental scientists and researchers to explore on an urgent basis the underlying causes for these storms to occur. The Caucus now has 26 Republicans and 26 Democrats working together, many of whom have seen climate impacts in their own districts and are ready to get serious about climate action.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned residents that it will take months for the state to recover from its devastating floods. 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 2 centimeters. Throw in compound flooding - the combination of rising sea levels from global warming, storm surge and extreme rainfall - and you have the ideal mix for record flooding.

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration forecasters said the Atlantic Ocean's 2017 hurricane season will likely be above normal, with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major storms.

Both storms were massive in scope.

The storms also become more potent, thanks to warmer waters in the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Hurricane Irma has been upgraded for the second time Thursday and is now at Category 3 strength as it continues its voyage westward over the Atlantic Ocean. "I wish he would have been here when we were told we were facing apocalyptic moments with a Cat-5 hurricane".

Last week, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said it would be "insensitive" to talk about global warming as Irma took aim at Florida. Harvey rapidly intensified as it approached land, an incredibly risky trait also exhibited by other hurricanes within the last 20 years, like Wilma in 2005 and Patricia in 2015.

No matter what climate experts are saying, they can't change Pruitt's mind.

He said big changes probably will not happen unless multiple giant storms overwhelm federal and state budgets.

In August 2016, prolonged rainfall caused catastrophic and deadly flooding across southeastern Louisiana. "And unrestrained climate change means we will see many more Harveys in the future". As one of the authors (O'Neill) who grew up in southern Florida knows, living with hurricanes is a part of life and most homes are well equipped with hurricane shutters and strong roofs to protect against the inevitable.

The current president has said climate change is a hoax. Upton Sinclair said this almost a century ago, but it continues to explain much, including many Americans' adamant refusal to accept the reality of climate change. Before actually analyzing the data, one news outlet wrote, "Harvey is what climate change looks like". And the lack of winds to propel Harvey in the Gulf, they said, is the result of yet another thing consistent with climate change. However, in many cases it was not necessarily major storms that caught our attention, for in 2012 it was Sandy that struck New Jersey and NY causing such damage and alerting people to the likelihood of landfall of a major hurricane striking a large coastal city, such as Miami.

Scientists say it is empirical nonsense.

"We're one of the most economically rich countries in the world, and yet to be at the very back of the caboose - not even on the caboose - of the global train is an worldwide embarrassment and an environmental disaster in the making if we don't reverse this course". But they do note that the changes in weather patterns associated with warmer temperatures and strong humidity feed into the hurricanes to make them stronger. After a series of destructive storms in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Atlantic hurricane activity simmered down during the 1970s and 1980s before picking back up again after 1995, after which the Atlantic has been mostly busy.

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