HURRICANE IRMA LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE? FOR SOME, A VERY ‘INSENSITIVE’ QUESTION...

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at the White House in June. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

 

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly storms...

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STOP TALKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE. IT’S HERE; IT’S HAPPENING. BILL MCKIBBEN...

Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

 

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast...

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THE ENERGY 202: FIRST, FLORIDA. NEXT, THE NATION...

Map of sea level rise: North America (USA and Canada). By: Kees Veenenbos.

 

As Hurricane Irma, whose destructive power has been amplified by rising sea levels and warmer oceans associated with climate change, charged its way through the Florida peninsula this weekend, here’s a reminder: The official voted into power not so long ago has gone to work undoing efforts by his predecessor to begin considering the consequences of a warming world...

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THIS IS HOW YOUR WORLD COULD END...

The 2014 El Portal fire burning near Yosemite National Park, California. Scientists have warned that rising global temperatures will lead to more wildfires in Yosemite and elsewhere. Photograph: Stuart Palley/EPA

 

In an extract from his book Ends of the World, Peter Brannen examines mass extinction events and the catastrophic outcome of rising temperatures for all the world’s population...

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CLIMATE CHANGE JUICED HURRICANE HARVEY...

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Even as floodwaters raged this week in Texas and Louisiana, so did the debate over the possible link between Hurricane Harvey and man-made climate change...

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EDITORIAL: HURRICANES KEEP COMING, AND OUR HEADS ARE STUCK IN THE SAND...

In this image released by the National Oceanic and Hurricane Irma rips across the Caribbean, headed toward South Florida. | NOAA via AP

 

Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina killed 1,833 people in Louisiana and caused $160 billion in property damage. The federal government spent $120 billion to put survivors back on their feet...

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AS IRMA CLOSES IN, REPUBLICAN MAYOR OF MIAMI BLASTS TRUMP FOR IGNORING CLIMATE CHANGE...

bayside marketplace in downtown miami as hurricane irma approaches, sept. 8, 2017. credit: ap photo/wilfredo lee

 

"This is the time to talk about climate change."

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IRMA AND HARVEY LAY THE COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL AT TRUMP’S DOOR...

Hurricanes Irma (left) and Jose move across the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph: NOAA/Reuters

 

The president’s dismissal of scientific research is doing nothing to protect the livelihoods of ordinary Americans...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #36...

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, barrels toward the Florida coast on Sept. 7, 2017. Credit: NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images

 

6 Questions on Hurricane Irma, Harvey and Climate Change...

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‘THE LUNGS OF OUR REGION ARE ON FIRE:’ WILDFIRES EXACT A PUNISHING TOLL ON THE WEST...

A wildfire burned in the Lolo National Forest near Salmon Lake in Montana in August. Credit Rion Sanders/The Great Falls Tribune, via Associated Press

 

For much of this week and last, devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean has grabbed front-page headlines. But wildfires in the West have been wreaking destruction of their own, though it has attracted less attention. Vast swaths of land have burned, choking the air with ash and smoke...

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FLORIDA IS DUE FOR A RECKONING. WILL IRMA BE IT?

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Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, looks set to hit the continental United States in the coming days. If we are lucky the storm will veer back out to sea, but the National Hurricane Center’s forecast shows the hurricane bearing down on South Florida. Even if it only sideswipes the state, it will wreak havoc...

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IRMA HIT HAS FLORIDA INSURERS FACING $200 BILLION NIGHTMARE...

Florida Braces For Irma As Powerful Storm Lashes Caribbean.  © Bloomberg/Bloomberg

 

Hurricane Irma strengthened ahead of an all-but-certain collision with southern Florida after devastating the Caribbean islands and threatening to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history...

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WILDFIRES RAVAGING THE WESTERN U.S. AS SMOKE SPRAWLS ACROSS THE NATION...

NASA satellite image obtained Monday showing smoke from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes. (NASA)

 

Countless numbers of out of control wildfires are creating apocalypse-like conditions in numerous Western states, blotting out the noonday sun behind thick blankets of smoke and depositing ash like freshly fallen snow...

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STUDY: MILD FLOODS ARE DECLINING, BUT INTENSE FLOODS ARE ON THE RISE...

Residents in a neighborhood near the Barker Reservoir return to their homes to collect belongings August 31, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The neighborhoods surrounding the reservoir are still experiencing severe flooding due to the accumulation of historic levels of rainfall. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

 

Milder floods that refill reservoirs are decreasing as severe floods become more common...

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MEXICO EARTHQUAKE, STRONGEST IN A CENTURY, KILLS DOZENS...

The country was struck by an 8.2-magnitude quake, the strongest in decades, killing at least 30 people and leveling areas in some southern states.By CAMILLA SCHICK on Publish Date September 8, 2017. Photo by Luis Alberto Cruz/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »


U.S. Geological Survey map of Mexico earthquake epicenter (Sept. 8, 2017)
MEXICO CITY — The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years struck off the nation’s Pacific Coast late Thursday, rattling millions of residents in Mexico City with its violent tremors, killing at least 32 people and leveling some areas in the southern part of the country, closer to the quake’s epicenter...
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THE TINY ISLANDS RAVAGED BY IRMA ARE IN TROUBLE AS HURRICANE JOSE LOOMS...

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As Hurricane Irma left Antigua and Barbuda's usually pristine reef-ringed beaches with the pink and white sand, islanders struggled to grasp the destruction to Barbuda's schools, churches and the homes that many had used their life savings to build...

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A SECOND 500-YEAR WEATHER EVENT NOW UPON US...

 

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As Hurricane Irma is about to arrive in South Florida, it is instructive to reread my comments on this blog posted about one year ago (see https://ericgrimsrud.org/2016/08/10/state-aided-deception-continues-in-florida/)...

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BELIEVING GEO-ENGINEERING OR NEW TECHNOLOGIES WILL SAVE US FROM IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING IS A DEADLY DELUSION!

 

 

In spite of the grand promises new technologies may offer in helping us reach 100% global green energy generation faster, there are critical warnings about any rushed or desperate implementation of new and unproven technologies...

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE U.S.’S STRANGE HURRICANE ‘DROUGHT’ — AND ITS SUDDEN END...

A satellite image of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday. (NOAA/RAMMB/AFP)

 

With the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, now closely followed by the extraordinary intensity of Hurricane Irma as it wreaks havoc in the Caribbean and heads toward Florida, Americans can be forgiven for feeling like it’s 2005 all over again...

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THE TINKERBELL-EFFECT & BREAKING THE CLIMATE...

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Across the world, many if not most climate activists and advocates are falling victim to the Tinkerbell-Effect (TE)...

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HURRICANE IRMA LIKELY TO BE FOLLOWED BY MORE EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS SO WE SHOULD PREPARE FOR HORROR OF GLOBAL WARMING NOW, SAY EXPERTS...

NOAA satellite imagery of Hurricanes Katia, Irma, and Jose. credit: NOAA

 

We are heading quickly towards unprecedented and unequal levels of human suffering, say climate and resilience experts...

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WHY HURRICANE IRMA COULD HURT, A LOT: MUCH LIES IN HARM’S WAY...

Miami Beach a year before the Category 4 storm of 1926, and this year. The reinsurance firm Swiss Re estimates that a similar storm would inflict more than $200 billion in damage if it hit Miami today. Credit Left, via State Archives of Florida; right, Google

 

WASHINGTON — The last time a Category 5 hurricane ripped through Florida, it was so destructive that meteorologists retired its name forever. That storm, Hurricane Andrew, made landfall southwest of Miami in 1992, killing 65 people, destroying 63,000 homes and inflicting $26.5 billion in economic losses...

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THE UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT THAT'S CRIPPLING MONTANA AND NORTH DAKOTA...

A wildfire burns in the Lolo national forest in Montana in August. The severe drought has served as ideal conditions for continued fires. Photograph: Rion Sanders/AP

 

It came without warning, and without equivalent. Now a flash drought is fueling fires and hurting the lives of those who work the land...

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TWIN MEGASTORMS HAVE SCIENTISTS FEARING THIS MAY BE THE NEW NORMAL...

A emergency operations committee official monitors the trajectory of Hurricane Irma in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Ricardo Rojas/Reuters

 

Destructive force of Irma and Harvey has Trump expressing awe, but those in power should focus on the environmental causes

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FIRST HARVEY, NOW IRMA. WHY ARE SO MANY HURRICANES HITTING THE U.S.?

Men cover the windows of a car parts store in preparation for Hurricane Irma in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 5, 2017. Photo by Alvin Baez/REUTERS

 

Less than a week after Hurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, causing at least 60 deaths and billions of dollars in damages, Hurricane Irma appears ready to make U.S. history...

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ABANDONED WELLS PUMP THOUSANDS OF TONNES OF ‘FUGITIVE’ EMISSIONS INTO NORTH SEA...

The study was limited to abandoned offshore wells but so-called fugitive emissions could also be a problem for onshore and working offshore wells. [Shutterstock]

 

Thousands of tonnes of methane could be leaking into the North Sea every year from disused offshore oil and gas wells, according to a landmark new study that looked at three abandoned wells...

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GLOBAL WARMING TO MAKE POWERFUL HURRICANES MORE LIKELY...

Hurricane Irma packed 185 miles per hour winds Tuesday as it barreled north. NOAA via Associated Press

 

The rapid succession of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is unusual, say scientists, who add warming oceans are likely to make such storms increasingly common in the coming decades...

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CATEGORY 5 IRMA HITS LEEWARD ISLANDS AT PEAK STRENGTH...

VIIRS infrared image of Hurricane Irma taken at 1:35 am EDT Wednesday, September 6, 2017. At the time, the island of Barbuda was in the eye, and Irma was a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. Image credit: UW-Madison/CIMSS.

 

Hurricane Irma smashed into the small Lesser Antilles islands of Barbuda (population 1,638), Saint Barthelemy (population 9,000), Anguilla (population 15,000), and Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (population 8,000/33,000) early Wednesday as a mighty Category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds. As the front southwestern eyewall of Irma hit, Barbuda reported sustained winds of 118 mph, gusting to 155 mph, before the instrument failed. The minimum pressure in the eye was 916 mb on Barbuda and St. Barthelemy. Preliminary reports from these islands indicate heavy wind and storm surge damage occurred. On Saint Martin, storm surge flooding to rooftop level was observed. Irma brought a storm surge of 7.95 feet (2.42 meters) to Barbuda, according to a Wednesday afternoon blog post by storm surge scientist Dr. Hal Needham. Barbuda has not been heard from yet...

 

 

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IRMA: ATLANTIC'S MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE EVER MAKES LANDFALL IN CARIBBEAN...

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Winds of 151mph recorded before monitoring equipment is destroyed by the storm, as eye of hurricane passes over Barbuda and neighbouring Antigua...

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HOUSTON, WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM. IT'S CALLED GLOBAL WARMING...

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: A section of US-90 sits under 16 feet of water on September 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. A week after Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas, residents are beginning the long process of recovering from the storm. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

Hurricane Harvey poured more rain on Texas and Louisiana last week than this country has ever seen from a single storm. The city of Houston is now suffering from historic flooding, with many calling this a "1000-year flood." Congress is likely to pass a huge bailout bill in the coming days, starting with a $14.5 billion "down payment," suggesting much more is to come...

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CHINA’S XI SLAMS TRUMPS UNWILLINGNESS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech during the Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Mark Schiefelbein, Pool/Associated Press)

 

XIAMEN, China — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday warned that the world economy faces growing risks and uncertainties from countries turning inward on trade and resisting combating climate change, delivering an implicit rebuke to his American counterpart, Donald Trump...

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'YOUR EYES START ITCHING': POLLUTION SOARS IN HOUSTON AFTER CHEMICAL INDUSTRY LEAKS...

Houston’s petrochemical industry has leaked more than 2,700 tons of extra air pollution in connection with Hurricane Harvey. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

 

Communities face surging toxic fumes and possible water contamination, as refineries and plants report more than 2,700 tons of extra pollution...

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HARVEY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: WHY IT WON'T CHANGE MINDS...

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

 

Scientists and other experts see Hurricane Harvey as one of the most horrific teachable moments in modern history to show how climate change is affecting us now. These moments are the exception on an issue that consistently ranks at the bottom of what most Americans worry about...

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SEE OUR GLOBAL WARMING FUTURE AS CLIMAGEDDON UNFOLDS IN HOUSTON...

A Texas flag flew over floodwaters in La Grange, Texas, Monday. Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP

 

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DENYING HURRICANE HARVEY’S CLIMATE LINKS ONLY WORSENS FUTURE SUFFERING...

Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Sugar Land, Texas. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

 

The variables in the climate change formula are mitigation, adaptation, and suffering. Denying the problem loads up on the suffering...

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CATEGORY 5 IRMA THE 5TH STRONGEST ATLANTIC HURRICANE ON RECORD...

Infrared-wavelength [or visible-wavelength] GOES-16 satellite image of Category 5 Hurricane Irma as of 9 am EDT Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA@CSU.

 

Hurricane Irma intensified into an extremely dangerous high-end Category 5 storm with top sustained winds of 180 mph on Tuesday morning, putting it among the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever observed...

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CAT 6? THREAT INCREASING FOR CUBA, FLORIDA FROM INTENSIFYING IRMA...

Visible-wavelength satellite image of Hurricane Irma as of 15Z (11 am EDT) Monday, September 4, 2017. Image credit: RAMMB / CIRA @ CSU.

 

Dangerous Hurricane Irma was intensifying as it approached the northern Lesser Antilles Islands on Monday morning, and island residents in the path of Irma need to rush preparations to completion as the storm heads west-southwest at 14 mph...

 

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THE STRANGE FUTURE HURRICANE HARVEY PORTENDS...

The new water cycle could push monsoons around the world and cause the Sahara to bloom. Mohammad Hannon / AP

 

Climate change is pushing more water into the atmosphere—with bizarre consequences...

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SAN FRANCISCO SETS ALL-TIME HEAT RECORD DOWNTOWN AT 106 DEGREES DURING STATE'S HOTTEST RECORDED SUMMER...

Lilly Santiago, 5, left, cools off with her mother, Lupita, 56, after playing basketball at Lanark Park on Thursday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

 

In almost 150 years of record keeping, it has never been as hot in San Francisco as it was on Friday...

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JUSTICE AFTER STORM HARVEY...

Twelve years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005. The struggle to rebuild from that storm’s catastrophic damage suggests Houston’s road to recovery may also last more than a decade. (Photo: Tom, Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0)

 

Though Hurricane Harvey’s record rainfall flooded the rich and poor alike, recovery is much harder for the disadvantaged, as Texas Southern University Professor and environmental justice scholar, Robert Bullard, and host Steve Curwood discuss...

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FUNDING BATTLE LOOMS AS TEXAS SEES HARVEY DAMAGE AT UP TO $180 BILLION...

Isaac Zermeno discard furniture from the house of a neighbor who was left flooded from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

 

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday challenged Congress to raise the government’s debt limit in order to free up relief spending for Hurricane Harvey, a disaster that the governor of Texas said had caused up to $180 billion in damage...

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ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE: IN HURRICANE HARVEY, TEXANS REAP WHAT THEY SOW...

A Century and a half of Texan Oil fueled Harvey.

 

Science informs us that Texas oil fueled Hurricane Harvey...

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EDITORIAL: HARVEY SHOULD BE A WARNING TO TRUMP THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A GLOBAL THREAT...

 

As rains fell and floodwaters rose in Houston, President Trump took to Twitter with an “oh, gosh” tweet: “Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”

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WILL FUTURE STORMS WILL BE WORSE THAN HARVEY? THE DEBATE OVER CLIMATE AND HURRICANES...

David J. Phillip | AP

 

Twelve years ago, when Hurricane Katrina put much of New Orleans under water, it touched off a massive dispute among scientists about the relationship between hurricanes and global warming.

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WE DON’T DENY HARVEY, SO WHY DENY CLIMATE CHANGE?

Spring, Tex., on Tuesday. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

 

Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism...

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WHAT CLIMATE SCIENTISTS WANT YOU TO SEE IN THE FLOODWATERS...

Searching for stranded residents in Klein, a suburb of Houston, last Monday. Credit Michael Wyke/European Pressphoto Agency

 

STANFORD, Calif. — Like most Americans this week, we have been transfixed by the still unfolding disaster in Houston and coastal Texas, described on the airwaves as “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced.”

 

 

 

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IT’S TIME TO DITCH THE CONCEPT OF ‘100-YEAR FLOODS’...

Many roads in the Houston area, such as highway 288, have been deeply flooded by Hurricane Harvey. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / Getty Images

 

Photos of water-covered neighborhoods and families riding floating refrigerators to safety have made clear the scale of Hurricane Harvey’s wrath. But the risks that coastal Texans faced before the storm hit — and the probability that others will be dealt a similar fate — are still a confusing mess...

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HURRICANE IRMA IS A MONSTER STORM. HERE’S WHERE IT MIGHT BE HEADED...

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As the remnants of what was once Hurricane Harvey move mercifully away from Texas, forecasters are already eyeing another monster storm...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #35...

Antarctic sea has a species-rich environment but global warming could make some species dominant with devastating implications for marine life. Photograph: STAFF/Reuters

 

Global warming doubles growth rates of Antarctic seabed's marine fauna – study...

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EXPLOSIONS AT FLOODED TEXAS CHEMICAL PLANT LEAVE CONFUSION OVER TOXIC RISK...

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Officials give conflicting accounts of whether to avoid emissions after it was flooded by waters from tropical storm Harvey...

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HURRICANE IRMA GAINS POWER AS HARVEY FLOODS TENN., KENTUCKY...

 Members of the Olson family remove debris and damaged items Aug. 31, 2017, from their father's home in the Twin Oaks Estate after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread. MARK RALSTON, AFP/Getty Images

 

Hurricane Harvey plodded toward a wet exit Friday, leaving more misery in its wake with intense rain and flooding predicted far north as Kentucky...

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12 YEARS AFTER KATRINA, HURRICANE HARVEY PUMMELS GULF COAST AND ITS CLIMATE SCIENCE-DENYING POLITICIANS...

The abandoned Press Park housing project in New Orleans 12 years after Hurricane Katrina. Credit: Julie Dermansky

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey (now a tropical storm) continue to flood Houston — just days before the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina — I visited Shannon Rainey, whose house was built on top of a Superfund site in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Rainey is worried about family members in Houston. She knows all too well how long it can take to get back what is lost in a storm. “I still live with Katrina every day,” she told me...

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POPE, PATRIARCH: ‘CRY OF THE EARTH’ AND CRY OF THE POOR ARE ONE VOICE...

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople after delivering a blessing in Istanbul in 2014. (Credit: CNS/Paul Haring.)

 

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew released a joint statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1. They both say that they’re convinced there’s no sincere and enduring solution to the ongoing ecological crisis unless “the response is concerted and collective, unless the responsibility is shared and accountable, unless we give priority to solidarity and service.”...

(Job One Editor's note: They can "cross the aisle". Why can't our Government?)

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TRUMP'S CLIMATE DENIAL PUTS HOUSTON'S MASSIVE RECOVERY AT RISK...

Homes are surrounded by floodwater after torrential rains pounded Southeast Texas following Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Orange, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi August 25, has dumped nearly 50 inches of rain in and around areas Houston. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

 

As we watch the flooding tragedy in Houston – and now Louisiana – unfold we know this: The cost to rebuild will be massive and pressure on Congress to act quickly to approve funding will be intense...

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AS ARKEMA PLANT BURNS, SIX THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT PETROCHEMICAL RISKS IN THE WAKE OF HARVEY...

The Arkema chemical facility in Crosby, Texas. Google Maps image.

 

As Harvey continues to wreak havoc in the Southeast, one issue is starting to emerge as a growing threat to public health and safety: Houston’s vast oil, gas, and chemical production landscape. We’ve already seen accidental releases of chemicals at facilities owned by ExxonMobil, Chevron, and others. Now we are seeing explosions at Arkema’s Crosby facility 20 miles northeast of Houston, due to power failures and flooding. And there remains a threat of additional explosions...

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WHAT’S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND HURRICANE HARVEY?

 

First responders, neighbors, volunteers, city, county, state, national and international institutions, businesses, and people around the world are heeding the call to help save lives and provide resources for keeping people safe throughout the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey and aftermath.  Even as the storm slipped back offshore of Texas and then like a pinwheel spun back over to Louisiana and is now moving further inland on a northeast trajectory, questions are already being asked:

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HARVEY AFTERMATH: A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN THE MAKING...

Matthew Koser looks for heirlooms in his grandfather's flooded house after Hurricane Harvey deluged the Houston area this week. Credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty

 

From water contamination to diseases to mold in the walls, dangers continue long after the hurricane. These sorts of risks accompany climate change...

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CLIMATE WEEKLY: AFTER THE DELUGE, REFLECTION ON CLIMATE INJUSTICE...

The US Coast Guard patrols flooded streets in Friendswood, Texas (Pic: Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki)

 

A sari-clad woman wading through waist-high water. A highway turned into a river. A townscape where only the rooftops are visible in a sea of brown...

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MORE STORMS EXPECTED DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING, SCIENTISTS SAY...

This NOAA-NASA GOES East satellite handout image taken 1300 UTC and released August 30, 2017 shows storm activity in the US Gulf region. (Photo by AFP)

 

Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends, rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air, and warn of "bigger and stronger" storms to come...

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GLOBAL WARMING DOESN'T INCREASE HURRICANE FREQUENCY, BUT IT DOES IMPACT INTENSITY...

Neighbors with boats are using their personal boats to rescue Friendswood residents in Houston. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle

 

Recent messages on Facebook and Twitter have pointed out that the frequency of hurricanes has very little to do with global warming, which is correct. The implication is to deny the existence of global warming, which is not correct...

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