From deadly floods in Louisiana to an “explosive” wildfire in California, the impacts of the climate change are being felt across the United States this week.
Neither extreme weather event can be exclusively blamed on global warming. But record-breaking heat, warmer oceans, and drier brush—all linked to man-made climate change—are certainly contributing factors.
“Climate change is never going to announce itself by name. But this is what we should expect it to look like,” declared Jonah Engel Bromwich at the New York Times, referring to the flooding in southern Louisiana, which has been called the worst natural disaster to strike the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy.
In fact, current analyses suggest that—as was the case in 2012—greenhouse gas emissions and resultant climate change at the very least increased the severity of the storm that brought on the flooding.
InsideClimate News reported Wednesday:
Added Weather Underground’s Bob Henson and Jeff Masters in a blog post on Monday:
Indeed, wrote Gulf Coast mother and activist Cherri Foytlin on Thursday, “This type of storm is far from normal—but it could become normal if we don’t act now.”
“Across the region, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, thousands of homes damaged, and at at least eleven people killed,” wrote Foylin, who serves as state director of climate action group Bold Louisiana. “This fills my heart with both a deep sadness and deep anger—at the fossil fuel companies driving this ongoing crisis, and at an [Obama] administration that continues to sell them the right to do so.”
As evidence, Foytlin pointed to the looming auction of “an area the size of Virginia for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico”—and called for President Barack Obama to call off the auction “and stop treating the Gulf Coast like a sacrifice zone.”
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT