Let’s Talk About the Weather

What role did climate change play when it comes to Harvey’s intensity? I wanted some answers to that question (the scientific version, not the political version). Here’s what I found. “When you add in the climate’s natural variability and then the right conditions come along, you can get a storm which is stronger than you might otherwise have expected.” From NatGeo: How Climate Change Likely Heightened Harvey’s Fury.

+ Vox: “It is grossly irresponsible to leave climate out of the story, for the simple reason that climate change is, as the US military puts it, a threat multiplier.”

+ Eric Holthaus in Politico: “We knew this would happen, decades ago. We knew this would happen, and we didn’t care. Now is the time to say it as loudly as possible: Harvey is what climate change looks like. More specifically, Harvey is what climate change looks like in a world that has decided, over and over, that it doesn’t want to take climate change seriously.”

+ WaPo: Moving away from the coasts doesn’t mean you’re safe from flooding.

+ To make matters worse, about 85% of Houston homeowners don’t have flood insurance. From AP: Most Harvey flood victims on hook to pay for home repairs.

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