Yes, talk about climate change after storms

Ahead of storm Florida jobless rate dipped slightly again

Now that Hurricane Irma has left the state of Florida, I would like to ask our elected officials, "Now can we talk about climate change and sea level rise?" Other regional cities could also reach lethal conditions, including Mecca, according to a report in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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.

Incidentally, former Vice President Al Gore's new movie about global-warming danger, "An Inconvenient Sequel", will play at 7 p.m. September 19 at Park Place Cinema, sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby of Charleston. Man-made warming did not cause Harvey and Irma.

In what experts are describing as the worst natural disaster in USA history, more than 30,000 people have been left in shelters across the state. As well as Hurricane Irma, we now have two other hurricanes in the west Atlantic, Jose and Katia, not to mention the destruction from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Both storms were massive in scope.

When Harvey moved toward Texas, water in the Gulf of Mexico was almost 2 degrees (1 degree Celsius) warmer than normal, said Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters. 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.

Across the board, industry and commerce is preparing for potential changes to our planet's climate - and the inevitable economic disruption when nations turn away from fossil fuels.

He said big changes probably will not happen unless multiple giant storms overwhelm federal and state budgets.

U.S. climate change deniers are under greater challenge than ever following the hurricanes that have devastated the Texas coast, the Caribbean and Florida.

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Mainstream scientific organizations worldwide concur with the assessment that most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is due to the human-caused increase in greenhouse-gas concentrations. What can people across the globe do to minimize the effects of our changing climate? Our research shows that people who experience severe weather are only modestly more likely to support the types of efforts we need to build resilience to climate change.

Emanuel recently published a study linking warming seas to rapid intensification in hurricanes, a connection he discovered after simulating thousands of hurricanes in changing climates through a computer program. "This brings it home".

Thirty-nine percent of Republican voters say they're not concerned or not too concerned about climate change - at least 15 percentage points higher than levels among independent and Democratic respondents, according to this month's poll.

We all saw news footage of people taking refuge on their rooftops, and dramatic water rescues. No hurricane imminent? You can also get daily and hourly forecasts. In the Philippines, for example, we have seen the catastrophic effects of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan), described as one of the most intense tropical cyclones.

These apps were among the most downloaded by people in areas affected by Harvey and Irma, and they could serve Long Islanders well if a major storm bears down. A simple reading of these public records (along with turning to the resource of one's own memory) I counted 183 such storms for the period 2006 thru 2017 including Harvey and Irma.

"But everything in the atmosphere now is impacted by the fact that it's warmer than it's ever been", Miller said. The ocean is warmer. We have already seen the impact of unusually high rainfall in the Great Lakes basin this spring, and the flooding from Lake Ontario that resulted.

Scientists have cautioned against suggesting any linear causality between climate change and particular climate events. Hurricane Irma began to develop on August 30 and was initially a category 2 hurricane, but its intensity increased in the following days and it became a category 5 hurricane on September 5 within a span of few days. "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. Not surprisingly, the graph was created by The Cato Institute.

In the future, most scientists say, there won't necessarily be more hurricanes - just the potential for more hurricane-related flooding and destruction.

Now, a statement like that, especially from a character like that, has many possibilities - some not so good.

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