29 Aug '17, 1pm

Michael Mann: Climate Change Worsened the Impact of Hurricane Harvey

Michael Mann: Climate Change Worsened the Impact of Hurricane Harvey

What can we say about the role of climate change in the unprecedented disaster that is unfolding in Houston with Hurricane Harvey ? There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding. Sea level rise attributable to climate change (some is due to coastal subsidence due to human disturbance e.g. oil drilling) is more than half a foot over the past few decades. That means that the storm surge was a half foot higher than it would have been just decades ago, meaning far more flooding and destruction. In addition to that, sea surface temperatures in the region have risen about 0.5C (close to 1F) over the past few decades, from roughly 30C (86F) to 30.5C (87F), which contributed to the very warm sea surface temperatures (30.5-31 C or 87-88F). There is a simple thermodynamic relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron eq...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/hurricane-harvey-houston-2479090...

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