Plus, keeping Houston’s record-breaking 50-inch rainfall in mind, a warmer atmosphere can hold more water vapor, which results in more rain. Between Aug. 23 and Aug. 30, some 4.6 million pounds of airborne emissions alone are estimated to have been released by facilities in 13 Texas counties. Sea levels have been rising around the world, which makes storm surges much more unsafe.
Many of these impacts are avoidable. When he was called on he wanted to know whether the administration would admit that climate change had something to do with the devastation.
NOAA did expect “above-normal” hurricane activity this year. “In the next couple of weeks we could see (retail) gas prices fall 10 to 15 cents”. 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. It doesn’t account for the damage to fragile ecosystems.
Scientists have long said that climate change contributes to extreme weather events like hurricanes, but scientific developments in recent years have allowed them to look with increasing confidence at the relationship between individual events and warmer temperatures. To change the trajectory, we must alter our path. “It takes days to start them back up”.
And that’s an important point, he says, because it can affect how policies to reduce the risks associated with climate change are developed.
Long warned people not to ignore evacuation orders. Bowman is the public affairs officer for EPA chief and climate change denier Scott Pruitt, who refuses to link Carbon dioxide emissions to global warming, despite extensive research saying otherwise.
The federal assistance seems to be coordinated and timely this time around, and state governments aren’t standing around waiting for advice.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called Irma a “remarkably unsafe storm and the window to get yourself in the right spot.is closing rapidly”.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Scott Pruitt went one step further when asked about climate change Friday, suggesting that it wasn’t appropriate.
When Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert was asked, as he preceded Huckabee Sanders in the briefing, he wouldn’t talk about climate change’s cause.