Trump administration doesn't want to talk about climate change

Customers walk near empty shelves that are normally filled with bottles of water after Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma in San Juan

So what's up with the weather? 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. According to Accuweather, there is not enough evidence to support the fact that climate change has played a role in producing stronger tornados.

Perhaps the strongest case that global warming has already exerted an influence on super-storms comes from Jim Kossin, a scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Research. He literally is the keeper of Earth's weather extremes, recording and verifying (or repudiating) weather extremes as they are reported around the world. Hurricanes Jose and Katia are in the area, too, and I can't help but wonder if climate changes are responsible.

As of September 11, Hurricane Irma is a weakening tropical cyclone.

Answer: While Irma was without question nasty, it wasn't globally record-setting. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing more than 6,000 people.

"Why did Irma grow so strong?" Irma also sustained those winds for a very long time, and we will be evaluating the data to see if it set a record for the Atlantic basin in terms of longest sustained winds. "All I'm saying is that using time and effort to address it at this point is very insensitive to the people of Florida". Rising temperatures are likely to increase the intensity and impact of major storms, scientists say, yet in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Trump administration has resisted talking about climate change at all.

Likewise accelerated shifts in intensity, such as the sudden strengthening that turned Harvey from a Category 2 to a Category 4 hurricane - on a scale of 5 - just as it made landfall Friday. A study published past 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".

It's not just here in the United States either. Because it is water that powers hurricanes, hotter oceans and more evaporation should produce, in part, more intense hurricanes. Shortly after taking office, Trump famously diminished USA stature in the world by taking us out of a climate pact all developed nations had signed.

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. Warmer air loaded with water vapour brings heavy rains which can follow hurricanes.

Climate change, for many people, is a vague concept.

It is a known fact that global warming is impacting the weather all around the globe. Climate is "long-term", while meteorology is "short-term". Neither mentioned climate change or the causes of the recent natural disasters.

Q: What types of weather are we experiencing a spike in? The ocean is warmer. As hurricane Irma raged, Miami's Republican mayor Tomas Regalado said to Trump, "If this is not climate change, I don't know what is".

"If a hurricane is beginning to form and most of the factors needed for one are present, the human fingerprint left in the form of rising sea surface temperatures can put the storm into motion", Burnette said. 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. It's time to act because the storms' fury swept away the foolish notion that climate change is someone else's problem.

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.

Emily works as a conservation and sustainability freelance writer, covering topics primarily in climate change and endangered species.

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