This week, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. As climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann wrote, “[W]e can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it.”
After leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys on Sunday morning. By midday, the National Hurricane Center reported the deadly Category 4 storm had begun to swing away from the Keys — and toward Florida's mainland.
Last week’s record breaking Hurricane Irma had maximum winds of 185 mph with gust up to 225 mph and produced dangerous storm surges and heavy rain. As of this writing, after leaving a path of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Irma's eye moved through the lower Florida Keys and was preparing to slam into Florida's southwest coast near Tampa.
The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.
Yes. Your streets are flooding more. As temperatures rise, rainfall in New Orleans - and elsewhere - is getting more intense.
Destiney Bell’s yard is flooded, and this isn’t the first time. Most storms turn Bell’s lawn into a lake, transforming her house on a busy New Orleans corner into an island of inconvenience. A half hour of heavy rain means that she wades through half a foot of water just to leave her house. Her roommate, a doctor, often worries that she won’t be able to get out of their flooded driveway and to get to work.
The latest climate change rule on US president Donald Trump’s chopping block: preparing for a rise in sea level.
Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday (Aug 15) that rescinds an Obama-era order requiring government agencies to take into account future sea-level rise when building federal infrastructure.
The intent is to “streamline the current process” for infrastructure permits, one official told Reuters. But experts say the move is likely to result in more federal spending on disaster relief and infrastructure repairs down the line.