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CNNPolitics: Trump admin doesn't want to talk about climate change

17 Septembre 2017

In Florida the writing seems quite menacingly on the wall.

The back-to-back hurricanes that wounded America are like an Old Testament rebuke of polluters and politicians who spent decades denying that global warming is real, or that it causes worse weather.

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 better question is whether climate-related factors can make hurricanes such as Harvey or Irma worse. Since the mid-1960s, weather satellites have collected information about temperature and some imagery, but it wasn't until the late 1970s when NASA established Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites that scientists have been able to consistently monitor hurricane activity. The state of Texas in the U.S. bore the brunt of the hurricane with almost 70 confirmed casualties within a short period of time.

Both storms were massive in scope. "And if there's one thing we know that kills people in the world routinely, it's poverty". Harvey rapidly intensified as it approached land, an incredibly unsafe trait also exhibited by other hurricanes within the last 20 years, like Wilma in 2005 and Patricia in 2015. "Is climate change to blame for powerful hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, and are more soon to come?"

Hernick said that drawing direct links to climate change is hard because natural disasters are one-off occurrences that are hard to compare.

According to Media Matters, ABC and NBC news did not air a single segment during their Harvey coverage on the connections between climate change and hurricanes.

Southern Texas and southern Florida lie ravaged by record-breaking hurricanes. What can people across the globe do to minimize the effects of our changing climate?

Q: Might climate change make these storms more severe? "The huge traffic on the hashtag shows just how hungry the public is for the press to do their job and talk about climate change, the role of the fossil fuel industry, and the promise of clean energy. This brings it home".

So far, the only Republicans willing to engage in either have been moderates or those representing low-lying coastal districts vulnerable to sea-level rise and storm surges. No hurricane imminent? You can also get daily and hourly forecasts.

CNNPolitics: Trump admin doesn't want to talk about climate change

This also is the first year where two hurricanes with wind velocities of 150 miles per hour or greater have coexisted in the Atlantic, according to Colorado State University research scientist Philip Klotzbach‏.

"Mr. Pruitt, there are all kinds of studies that contradict you", Wallace said.

Regalado said he didn't buy the idea that the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma was an "anomaly". "That is true, though we can't say with confidence, based on my read of the evidence, that the present phase is more or less active than the one in the 1930-1950s". The intensity of hurricane Irma was such that a maximum wind speed of 300 km/hr was recorded for an astonishing period of 37 hours - this made Irma the most powerful and long lasting storms in the past 30 years that the United States has weathered.

"But everything in the atmosphere now is impacted by the fact that it's warmer than it's ever been", Miller said. That's enough water to fill all the NFL and Division 1 college football stadiums more than 100 times over. Again, that generally is the result of warmer ocean temperatures leading to greater evaporation and, consequently, more fuel for heavier rains.

There's some debate among scientists as to whether future tropical storms will be stronger or more frequent. Climate change intensifies storms and other weather events, such as droughts.

However, there have been a lot of major hurricanes recently, which are Category 3, 4 and 5. People in areas that have experienced extreme weather aremorelikely to support these policies - but not by much.

"The historical data is sparse, mostly confined to the Atlantic, and not very good", said hurricane guru Kerry Emanuel, co-director of the Lorenz Center at MIT in Boston.

"We ought to go solve problems".

That is why I prefer the term "global weirding" over "global warming".

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CNNPolitics: Trump admin doesn't want to talk about climate change