Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN

Columnist wrong on climate change — ROBERT HASTINGS COLUMN

Hurricane Jose, still active in the Atlantic east of the Bahamas, reached Category 5 before being downgraded to Category 2 on the morning of September 11.

So what's up with the weather? If they must protest let them find other ways to do so without demeaning our flag and national anthem, which it a symbol of our unity - a unity that we must honor and remember our dead soldiers, and display to the world our undying loyalty. Are they being amplified by climate change? Cerveny is the rapporteur on climate extremes within the United Nations-affiliated World Meteorological Organization.

Yet the assumption that extreme weather events will change people's minds en masse doesn't have much backing. While the science suggests that severe weather will become more frequent thanks to global warming, it is hard to say that global warming caused any specific storm.

Other students have expressed their concern about their loved ones affected by Hurricane Irma. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing more than 6,000 people.

Irma spun so powerfully into the Caribbean's Leeward Islands as a Category 5 that it sustained 185-mph winds for 37 hours, longer than ever recorded worldwide. The damage toll from Harvey may have set a new all-time-high - if it isn't bested by Irma's destruction.

According to the "final draft" of the report, which was provided to the New York Times by authors anxious about Pruitt's political interference, it is "likely" that hurricanes' maximum wind speeds and rainfall rates will increase.

On Aug. 30, Hurricane Irma developed off the west coast of Africa from a tropical wave.

Climate change deniers are looking dumber than ever as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose all hit the Americas one after the other. However, this does demonstrate the accuracy of our long-term seasonal hurricane predictions as this year was predicted to be an above-average hurricane year.

More broadly, the study found that two broadcast networks, ABC and NBC, failed to air a "single segment on their morning, evening, or Sunday news shows" on the link between climate change and the storms. Harvey rapidly intensified as it approached land, an incredibly risky trait also exhibited by other hurricanes within the last 20 years, like Wilma in 2005 and Patricia in 2015. This means that the intensity of many storms in the pre-satellite, pre-buoy era was nearly certainly underestimated.

Though place-specific, climate change will have negative effects on much of the country.

When asked whether Trump's personal opinion on climate change has changed at all, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "I don't think that it's changed over the last several weeks", adding that she remains unsure whether the President is reconsidering the Paris deal following the hurricanes. That lack of movement allowed for continued rainfall over many days - and that lead to massive flooding.

Scott Pruitt is a modern-day ludite who scoffs at the idea of man-made global warming. Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term".

It's small wonder that Americans might look to leadership to connect whatever dots exist between global warming and intensifying natural disasters.

Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in? Solar and wind costs are now more cost-effective per watt of delivered electricity than most fossil-fuels. So in general the models are indicating an overall greater variability in some aspects of climate (greater floods but also more intense droughts) with a warming planet.

There's an ongoing debate among scientists about the effects of humans on global climate and about what policies should be implemented to avoid possible undesirable effects of climate change.

The researchers noted that hurricanes were beginning to move away from tropical areas, and linked this phenomenon to changes in the atmosphere caused by humans.

In addition, the leveling and paving of roads and housing developments doesn't allow the rains to run off as they would in natural marshlands. For the past 300 years, since "the little ice age", the globe warmed about three degrees.

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