Extreme weather events must be taken seriously
The recent flood in southern Louisiana, which left upward of 50,000 families homeless, has been cited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a once-in-500-year event. That sounds like an extremely rare occurrence, except that, suddenly, it’s not.
NOAA identified it as the eighth such event in the United States in just the past 16 months. Similar, formerly rare, events are also taking place elsewhere in the world.
Every weather expert will tell you that the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. The more moisture the atmosphere holds, the more water that can then fall on us as rain.
This isn’t rocket science, folks. It’s climate science, and the reactions of two of the people currently running for president speak volumes about how seriously they take this threat.
One flies in for a quick photo op, pretending to help unload relief supplies and claiming that climate change is a conspiracy created by the Chinese, while the other proposes concrete steps to begin to mitigate the cause of the problem.
Climate change deniers continue to sit with their hands covering their ears and eyes while others take risks – advocates like Bill McKibben, political leaders like Hillary Clinton, and visionaries like Elon Musk – people who offer technological and market-based solutions that would address the cause of these ever more frequent extreme weather events.