"As to whether climate has somehow made this year worse, the links between climate change and hurricane activity are complex and there are still many uncertainties" reports Harvey Fountain for TheNYT.
How is this argument a form of climate change denial?
And yet Hurricane Harvey was both, for the warmer seas that intensified the storm (and that are making Irma downright terrifying) can be attributed to climate change - itself a product of systems of exploitation and domination (for example, colonialism, capitalism and racism) that powered the industrial and fossil-fuel eras and shaped the socio-economic inequalities that have come to define life in Texas and beyond. The strongest hurricanes have gotten stronger because of global warming. Latent heat provides additional fuel for the hurricane. However, that is not the entire story. In each of the above mentioned storms, the extraneous conditions noted dwarfed any possible impact from the alleged 0.02 degrees Celsius average annual temperature rise over the last 20 years.
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They also found that emissions tied to the top 50 investor-owned carbon producers (Exxon, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell, Total, Peabody and others) correlate with 16 percent of the global temperature rise and 11 percent of the global sea level rise that occurred between 1880 and 2010. We think that money is better spent helping people and communities recover from and adapt to climate change-don't you?
So hurricanes are necessary to balance the planet's water budget. "Also, climate change leads to increased rainfall for a storm of given strength, leading to increased freshwater flooding". The future Mrs. Schluter, Irma Schumacher, was more hesitant.
That's why the claims from the Trump EPA and others, that talking about climate science during a super-hurricane is somehow politicizing disasters, is exactly backwards. Trump's budget proposal would cut FEMA's funding by $667 million, and Florida lawmakers warned that the $7.85 billion aid package passed by the House and the Senate for Harvey victims would not cover those affected by Irma. The gale that followed Harvey every six years used to be called Irene.
With the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the U.S.is about to experience something unprecedented: Two major hurricanes, Category 4 or higher, hitting the country back to back.
"The kids were here and they were telling me about the hurricanes (Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma), and I thought they were just goofing around", Irma, 92, tells PEOPLE. You find yourself wondering if this might not be a effect of that inconvenient truth Al Gore has been warning about - if, thanks to global warming, this is just a preview of our ghastly new normal - record-breaking storms lining up like cars at a toll booth to take turns smashing the American coast.
Did global warming cause the incredible rain amounts that Harvey produced?
If we are going to rebuild Houston in a way that makes future Harveys less devastating, climate scientists must be allowed to do their job of explaining to the public what types of sea level rise, storm surges, stalled weather patterns, and deluges we face. "I expect the extreme storms to become more frequent and more extreme", Rood said.
Hurricane Harvey became a tourist. With Harvey it was due to an eddy-deep warm water in the Gulf of Mexico-that broke off the warm loop current. Which, by the way, it is already: Solar employs more people today than coal, and overall clean energy accounts for more jobs than dirty in nearly every state (the job-growth numbers are even more impressive, with green energy generating work 12 times faster than fossil fuel). Bands of torrential rain plagued southeast Texas for more than five straight days.