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Extreme Weather

Since the 1990s at least, climatologists, meteorologists and other involved scientists have disagreed on the specifics of the effects of global warming and climate change. All non-skeptics have always agreed on one concept, however: Extreme weather events will become more and more frequent as the general planetary environment degrades.

 

 

Mankind has already left its mark on the natural Earth in the industrial era, and many extreme weather events may be traced to this environmental damage. Along with developing technology for carbon capture and developing more Earth-friendly infrastructure, humans must also deal with the consequences of climate change now in the form of extreme weather events.

The US-commissioned National Climate Assessment of 2018 asserted that “Human-induced climate change has already increased the number and strength of some of these extreme events. Over the last 50 years, much of the U.S. has seen increases in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, heavy downpours, and in some regions, severe floods and droughts.”

And if we so choose to take a pragmatic angle, we can measure the increase in extreme weather events by dollar value rather than human cost. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center recorded some 117 billion-dollar disasters in the years 2010 through 2019; compare this to the 59 recorded by the same agency between 2000 and 2009. The NOAA has additionally reported that, in the 14 growing seasons between 2005-2018, some 13 major droughts hit the country’s farmland for a cumulative cost of nearly $95 billion.

Again, disagreement on the exact relationship between a given extreme weather event cum disaster and the global effect of climate change is rife, but when seeing the images of a flooded Venice, a New Orleans destroyed by hurricane and infrastructure collapse, or a Puerto Rico trashed tip to tail by angry oceans, it’s essentially impossible to deny the reality of extreme weather caused by climate change.

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