Do Extreme Weather Events Change Views on Climate Policies?

Do Extreme Weather Events Change Views on Climate Policies?

Scientists studying U.S. weather patterns have found there are increasing occurrences of thunderstorms, increasing the frequency of tornadoes but have not been able to identify a direct connection between global warming and tornadoes. High carbon states produce large amounts of oil, gas, and coal, and rely on industries that burn lots of fossil fuels. For example, "wind shear", the variations in wind speed and direction with height, can also cause storms under certain circumstances to weaken or to intensify. Air temperatures over oceans raise the temperatures of the lower atmosphere and over land, reduce snowfalls, melt glaciers and Arctic sea ice and raise sea levels. These intense hurricanes leave everyone drained, but there is more. "The resultant warming has severe consequences, including but not limited to the increase in quantity of severity of hurricanes and other storms".

Due to the rising levels of CO2, the average global surface temperatures are 0.94 degrees celsius above the 1950 to 1980 average, and the 17 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998-with 2016 and 2017 being the hottest and second hottest, respectively, according to NASA. However, this does demonstrate the accuracy of our long-term seasonal hurricane predictions as this year was predicted to be an above-average hurricane year. Experts predicted such events could occur almost every summer rather than once every 10-30 years. "So if the world gets warmer still, the risk increases-it's as simple as that", Williamson said in an Independent News article.

Politicians (and ex-politicians such as Al Gore) are eager to exploit our fears by calling for more spending and regulation in the name of fighting deadly but preventable climate change - as if feeble efforts such as the Paris climate accord would have made the tiniest difference. They draw in moist air from all around them, and as it rises, the water vapor condenses out and releases latent heat, which drives further uplift. Sustainability with regards to climate change isn't just at the global scale, it really begins at the local and regional scales.

If people draw a connection between dramatic weather events and global warming, this could lead the public to put pressure on government to act.

Economic damages are estimated at $172 billion in the United States. British Columbia in Canada kicked off the fire season blanketing the Pacific Northwest with heavy smoke that not only halted flights and disrupted events but also harmed health.

Irma spun so powerfully into the Caribbean's Leeward Islands as a Category 5 that it sustained 185-mph winds for 37 hours, longer than ever recorded worldwide.

Over the past century, the Atlantic has oscillated between busy and quiet stretches. Pacific plankton not seen in the Atlantic for 800,000 years have become prevalent in the Atlantic.

The Trump administration has already signaled that Harvey and Irma haven't changed its thinking about climate. A piece on the NOAA's website asks, "Why don't we try to destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them?" The answer is simply: money. "It is in the interest of the left to have destructive hurricanes", he said, "because then they can blame it on climate change". Some, like Sarah Posner at The Washington Post, note that millions in Florida are without power, and hope that "these storms will be a wake-up call for Republican voters, if not for their leaders".

Fifty-two percent of registered voters in the recent poll believe that climate change is making natural disasters more frequent, and the same percentage said climate change is making those disasters more powerful.

You probably have a weather app on your mobile device, but this one from The Weather Channel has one main goal: tracking the path and effects of hurricanes and other severe storms.

According to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, for scientists to "use time and effort to address" the cause of these massive, anomalous storms would be "very, very insensitive to the people in Florida". In 2016, President Trump carried 20 of the 21 states with the highest per capita carbon emissions.

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