Donald Trump attacked over climate change stance after Hurricane Irma

Posted September 14, 2017

Tying such long-run trends to individual weather events is hard, although the great amount of precipitation generated by Harvey may allow scientists to establish a direct link in its case. There is no doubt that human activity is contributing to these extreme weather events, such as an increase in population and wealth.

Atlantic hurricanes reaching Category 4 or stronger making landfall in the USA are rare, with only 27 recorded since 1851.

Whilst Hurricane Irma caused much less disruption to the oil and gas industry, Hurricane Harvey hit the heartland of the sector located onthe Texas Gulf coast, bringing much of it to a standstill. In fact, the US has experienced long periods of high temperatures and heavy downpours in the last 50 years. This was last recorded in 2010 and 1998 before that. They were dead on that this would be a stronger and more powerful hurricane season with slightly more than average large storms making landfall...

Trump, who visited Texas and Louisiana after Harvey and is planning on visiting Florida, announced he was donating $1 million of his own fortune to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and has repeatedly lamented the catastrophic effects the storms have had on the United States. In between these decades according to NOAA, there were five to six intense hurricanes in the categories 3, 4 and 5. Predictably, there has been a backlash against linking climate change and the hurricane.

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey hit parts of Texas with utmost rage decimating local communities and valuable properties.

President Donald Trump has thrown climate change aside as a hoax.

By Sunday the number of Irma-related flight cancellations topped 12,000 at more than a dozen Florida airports and in the Caribbean.

If a hurricane were to form in the warmer waters of Mexico, its track would take it away from California. Climate change leads to more frequent and more severe weather events, be they rain, snow, drought or temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the worth of the total of damaged goods at $160 billion in today's dollars.

Commentary by Kate Gordon, a senior advisor at the Paulson Institute, where she provides strategic support on issues related to climate change and sustainable economic growth, and a nonresident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Even what was considered to be the "unprecedented" downpour of Hurricane Harvey could be the new normal.

We can start with better planning that takes climate science into account.