With hurricanes, we see climate science confirmed

In addition to the destruction the storm has brought, Irma knocked out power to more than 60 percent of Florida's homes and businesses. More people are realizing that there is more to be done and that the systems in place at the moment are not adequate. As we discuss in our research, living through hurricanes and other extreme weather might plausibly have big consequences for peoples beliefs about climate change and how to respond to it. "We're not collecting monetary donations, just needed items in a few collection boxes around the building". As I write this, Irma is the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

We need comprehensive legislation to shift the market away from the greenhouse gases causing climate change.

Reynolds' piece is filled with misdirections, falsehoods, and circular logic-none of which make a coherent argument that climate change is not the culprit behind the storms.

With businesses disrupted, fuel and chemical refineries out of commission and consumers struggling to restore their lives, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pack a tough double-whammy for the USA economy. And meteorologist-turned-journalist Eric Holthaus, a contributing writer at Grist, had answers. Ian Bogust, a contributing editor for The Atlantic wrote that Houston is "an epitome of the urban sprawl characterized by American exurbanism, where available land made development easy at the edges" and "The combination of climate change, which produces more intense and unpredictable storms, and aggressive development made an event like this week's nearly inevitable".

Eric Holthaus: Even though this is my beat, I have to admit I'm always a little unsure. For them, the debate over climate change has been long-settled. What role did climate play in those storms?

Asking if climate change "caused" Harvey or Irma - like one White House pool reporter did this week - is basically unanswerable. Another person asked for $1,200 because she booked the wrong flight. The tougher part is figuring out exactly where the storms are going. "So I think that's a ridiculous position to take". The latest climate assessment by government scientists sheds light on the topic of climate change and hurricanes. And, often, especially in hurricanes, the air becomes 100 percent saturated with water vapor.

Most of the federal relief funding for Hurricane Sandy was contained in a $50.5 billion spending bill that Congress finally passed early in 2013. Almost 4 percent of Tulane students hail from Texas, and many Tulane alumni live in the affected areas. "We had water levels up to halfway past our door". Subsequently to the hurricane, Bloomberg reported that the impact of flooding on some ports may be serious.

Cotton futures plunged 4.2 percent in NY, the maximum allowed on the exchange, after the USDA's report, as the agency projected a larger-than-expected USA supply of the fiber. Also, one can not just say things without some scientific data to back them up. "And I think that's what I saw in the Harvey response - people saw each other's humanity". The wind speeds that were recorded were up to 130 miles per hour.

A meme on Facebook that was shared hundreds of thousands of times showed the wildfires in the North West and the satellite images of the two hurricanes, stating that rather than praying, Americans should "vote for a government that believes in science". That sidesteps the chance that a climate change denier would just punt the question.

Take our poll and let us know your thoughts on this complex subject. A report from Vox called the event "unprecedented" as it fulfilled extreme weather and climate-change-based meteorological predictions.

Eric: It's irresponsible not to mention the quickly increasing number of people and amount of property in harm's way.

A modern New Deal is necessary to make sure that we are not as vulnerable in the future.

Eric: Yep, these problems are related.

Coleman acknowledges the importance of protecting the area's critical refineries and the gasoline they produce, but said that while the proposed "Ike Dike" to fend off storm surge isn't a bad idea, it's not the only idea.

"If we set this up right we can do a lot of good things", Gonzalez said.

  • Julie Sanders