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Hurricane Irma 'to devastate the United States': FEMA chief

13 September, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Hurricane Irma 'to devastate the United States': FEMA chief

This week, it's Irma, already described as the biggest hurricane in recent memory in the Atlantic. "We estimated that Hurricane Harvey is to be the costliest weather disaster in USA history at $190 billion or one full percentage point of the GDP".

South Florida has always been considered ground zero for some of the most severe impacts of climate change, as sea level rise and coastal flooding meet decades of unchecked development.

A commentary section for The Guardian says the impact of two major storms making landfall in the United States - Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida - will force the Trump administration to reconsider its stance on climate change.

In part one of End Of The Earth, we break down the science for anyone without a degree in glaciers - speaking with leading scientists and climate change deniers as well as hearing from soon-to-be climate refugees.

Moody's estimate puts Harvey's and Irma's combined costs on par with Hurricane Katrina, which has carried the title of most expensive US storm ever since it wreaked havoc on the New Orleans area in August 2005.

"This is the time to talk about climate change", Regalado said in a Friday article in The Miami Herald.




Typical GOP. Only when they are suddenly faced with the costs of the damage from climate change-driven flooding are they finally going to maybe think about bringing up admitting that it's a problem.

Hurricane Irma first hit the Florida Keys early Sunday morning. "This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come". We must make our energy grid more resilient with solar and wind technology-both of which are quick to begin producing energy after a disaster.

With destruction and death-toll tallies on the rise, scientific evidence points to climate change for intensifying these storms. But the longer we take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, the worse these impacts will be, and the steeper the human and economic costs.

Chemical plants release extra contaminants into the air during startup and shutdown, and those which had to be closed before Harvey and restarted after the storm passed have contributed to the pollution levels.

"That's a good sign that we can start seeing some relief at the pump", Montgomery said. All over the country, we're asking you to be prepared.

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