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Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN

17 Setiembre 2017, 10:53 | Cornelio Vivanco

Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN

Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN

In Florida the writing seems quite menacingly on the wall.

Reynolds then attempts to downplay the significance of the 51 inches of rain that Harvey dumped on Texas by pointing out that tropical storm Amelia dumped 48 inches of rain on Texas in 1978. Climate change didn't cause Harvey and Irma, but climatologists suspect a warming planet made these killer hurricanes more destructive.

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. It can take months and even years to collect and analyze that information. Michael Mann points at 15 cm of sea level rise, air temperature increases, ocean surface and deep water warming and resultant water vapour in the air as the simple causal chain for Harvey for example.

While the continental US has been fortunate in not having the damaging landfall every year of a major hurricane, that does not imply that in those years in which there was no USA landfall that such storms did not occur.

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.

On the heels of Harvey came another strong storm - Irma, which is now moving toward Florida and at the time of this writing is a strong category 5 storm with sustained winds of more than 185 miles per hour. Irma maintained winds of 185 mph or above for a total of 37 hours, the most ever for a storm.

Climate fluctuates, and humans don't have too much to say about it.

Re: "Irma taking aim at Tampa as Floridians hurry to leave", Saturday news story. That means less wealth to combat future challenges, whether they are climate-related or not.

The wrath of hurricane Harvey and Irma over the United States has left many dead and thousands displaced.

In August 2016, prolonged rainfall caused catastrophic and deadly flooding across southeastern Louisiana. In general, hurricanes have not changed much in the last few decades in terms of size or intensity. So the question is: Can America's economy continue to lead without sacrificing our coastal cities to record-breaking hurricanes every couple of years? The impact of climate change on those many other factors is still being studied. It is financially responsible to take steps towards climate change mitigation now before the next, more intense, costlier hurricane.

Republican voters' views may put them at odds with the Trump administration, which has avoided linking the natural disasters to climate change in recent statements and press appearances. Where the health of our planet is concerned, Republicans essentially ask us to make a wager that science is wrong.

Shortly after Spencer's Fox & Friends interview aired, Trump used the devastation wrought by Harvey and Irma to try and sell tax cuts. Pruitt has said that he is going to review the report, and it hasn't been seen since. Scientists studying United States weather patterns have found there are increasing occurrences of thunderstorms, increasing the frequency of tornadoes but have not been able to identify a direct connection between global warming and tornadoes. Another called the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma the potential "new normal".

"No scientist ever said that", Hayhoe said. How many more people are we willing to displace from their homes, or lose completely in extreme weather events like these?

What, if anything, does all this have to do with climate change? That's enough water to fill all the NFL and Division 1 college football stadiums more than 100 times over. The ocean is warmer.

Global warming is real and getting worse by the year. There were ten major storms hitting the U.S. in 1941-1950, nine in the 1951-1960 time frame, with 6 in the 1920s, 7 between 1911-1910, and four from 1901-1910.

As deniers frequently point out, no individual weather event can be definitively blamed on climate change. The circumstances cry out for more study and attention, not less. Not surprisingly, the graph was created by The Cato Institute. And it was just a matter of time before we were due for a strong hurricane. The latest climate assessment by government scientists sheds light on the topic of climate change and hurricanes. "I think it's up to us to give the most scientifically accurate information possible". Logically, one would presume that people who have been hit hard by extreme weather events would be quick to jump on board with climate policies that work to mitigate these devastating effects.

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