ACCORDING TO BRADY: Is this what a changing climate looks like?

ACCORDING TO BRADY: Is this what a changing climate looks like?

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.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Harvey set a record for most rainfall in the continental USA with 51.88 inches according to the National Weather Service. "We have the most exposed assets here". Since Trump isn't much of a believer in man's effect on the climate, Pruitt, of course, was a natural choice to run that agency. Other environmental activists went as far as to say that the two natural disasters are reason to finally jail officials who "reject science". Tropical cyclones are fueled by warm surface waters of around 26 degrees centigrade or more.

Answer: While Irma was without question nasty, it wasn't globally record-setting. Irma maintained winds of 185 mph or above for a total of 37 hours, the most ever for a storm. The app, which lists prices at gas stations based on drivers' experiences, asked its users to add information about gas stations that had no fuel or power during the hurricanes "to assist others who are searching for gas". On the heels of Harvey flooding southeast Texas, climatologist Michael Mann told ThinkProgress that "c$3 limate change worsened the unprecedented disaster unfolding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey..." Irma was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall. The U.S. has not faced a huge hurricane since 2005, until this year, they point out.

But are we seeing the impact of what this theory predicted, at least in hurricanes? This was a major variation and seemed to suggest a big swing and a miss by the experts using the existing technology.

"Today, there have already been six hurricanes". That storm was recorded as having the lowest air pressure of any hurricane on record in the United States. A joint study by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that nearly all of the tropical cyclone damages from climate change are concentrated in North America, East Asia and the Caribbean.

Politicians (and ex-politicians such as Al Gore) are eager to exploit our fears by calling for more spending and regulation in the name of fighting deadly but preventable climate change - as if feeble efforts such as the Paris climate accord would have made the tiniest difference. "There's more to come, ' he said at a press conference on Wednesday where he described the catastrophe as being 'far larger" than Katrina or Sandy.

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. An intellectually honest person can not, in good conscience, say, "I choose not to believe climate change is real".

There were also reminders last week of the pathology of the federal government's near-bankrupt flood-insurance system, which encourages overdevelopment in vulnerable areas, and subsidizes the coverage of many august structures, such as Trump's estate at Mar-a-Lago.

Oh, please, say the climate-change scoffers. Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term". Scientists, however, are more certain that effects of climate change are making storms like Hurricane Harvey worse.

Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in? Scientists see warming temperatures across the West as a contributing factor.

This country should lead the world in addressing climate change while building fortified, sustainable communities that can withstand the furious weather it causes.

Q: Is there anything else we should know about the current state of weather and how human activity might be affecting it? A study published previous year by Stanford University scientists found that the negative consequences of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere - namely, rising temperatures thanks to the greenhouse effect - far outweigh any positives associated with plants having more "food". By changing the environment from the Florida marshlands (e.g., Everglades) to massive urban and suburban landscapes, humans have dramatically increased the damages associated with hurricanes. From 1971-1980 and 1981-1990, there were only four major hurricanes a decade, with only one Category 4 storm or stronger for those 20 years (Hurricane Hugo, 1989).

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