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In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won't be the last
From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue
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  • The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact Flooding is nothing new to Houston residents.
  • We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change.
  • As the air above them warms, it holds more water vapour.
  • The National Hurricane Center warned of “ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” spreading from Texas to Louisiana, with total rainfall of 50 inches (1.27 metres) in some parts.
  • "Regional trends in tropical cyclone frequency and the frequency of very intense tropical cyclones have been identified in the North Atlantic and these appear robust since the 1970s" - IPCC AR5.
  • When volcanoes ignited coal seams in the distant geological past, the extra CO2 produced by the process caused global warming and ocean acidification, and these led to extinctions.
  • You should acknowledge that climate change affects hurricane patterns, but you must also acknowledge that Houston owes its existence to the Texas oil boom and the oil refining industry.
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Conservative groups shrug off link between tropical storm Harvey and climate change

Myron Ebell, who headed the EPA’s transition team when Trump became president, said the last decade has been a period of ‘low hurricane activity’

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 08:37:19

Source: theguardian.com

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Harvey lashes Texas and Louisiana as officials warn 30,000 people will need shelter

Police chief says 2,000 people have already been rescued from heavy floods while millions of Texans are stranded in their homes awaiting help

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Published: 28. 8. 2017 23:39:22

Source: theguardian.com

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Fears of chemical plant explosion as Harvey floods shut down oil refineries

Hundreds feared cut off by flood waters as storm moved east Wednesday, making landfall in south-west Louisiana

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 01:57:36

Source: theguardian.com

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What we know so far about tropical storm Harvey

The rain is still pounding America’s fourth largest city and its suburbs with hundreds of thousands of people affected. Here are the latest developments

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Published: 28. 8. 2017 14:05:21

Source: theguardian.com

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The Houston area affected by Harvey: a visual guide

A look at the area hit by the hurricane turned tropical storm

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 12:45:34

Source: theguardian.com

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Tropical storm Harvey: catastrophic floods in Houston as city braces for days of rain

Fourth-largest city in the US could see 50in of rain as rescue workers struggle to keep up with calls for help and flood defences are tested to the limit

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Published: 28. 8. 2017 03:52:57

Source: theguardian.com

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It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly

We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it

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Published: 29. 8. 2017 13:27:56

Source: theguardian.com

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  • Climate scientists 'have it both ways'. (Sooo not fair - boo hoo!) More droughts and severe weather extremes AND more flooding and severe weather extremes.
  • When volcanoes ignited coal seams in the distant geological past, the extra CO2 produced by the process caused global warming and ocean acidification, and these led to extinctions.
  • Also, in the Atlantic, hurricane formation is 'seeded' by atmospheric disturbances originating over the Sahara Desert which can gain strength crossing the Atlantic.
  • Many so-called climate sceptics said this was exactly what they wanted, and they would accept what BE reported.
  • Keep in mind Anerica as a whole is only 7% or so of total land mass in the world so it is to a degree a local climate effect with hurricane presentation.
The real villains in Harvey flood: urban sprawl and the politicians who allowed it

There’s never been a more important time to understand the political machinations that led to Harvey’s destructiveness – and dismantle them

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 18:00:33

Source: theguardian.com

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  • In any case you're probably barking up the wrong trouser leg even trying to persuade people that more urban density is somehow desirable.
  • But isn't the cost of not building flood-proof infrastructure people dying?
  • Your photo shows the large houses and yards of rich people.
  • And anyway, surely the simple answer is not to build houses on flood plains?
  • But the good people of Houston refuse to do so because people in Texas don't believe in government restrictions on anything.
Trump jets in to Texas to view 'epic' flood damage as death toll rises to 18

Trump comments ‘What a turnout!’ while in Texas to survey damage that has left at least 18 people confirmed dead, as a vital dam begins to overflow

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 06:18:46

Source: theguardian.com

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Before and after: images show how Hurricane Harvey swamped Houston

Photographs of Houston taken before and after the storm hit the city show how large swathes of the urban landscape were inundated

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 10:57:45

Source: theguardian.com

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What makes Houston so vulnerable to serious floods?

The size of storm Harvey is unusual – but rapid expansion, poor infrastructure and a distinctive topography have played a role in the devastating impact

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Published: 29. 8. 2017 08:54:45

Source: theguardian.com

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Is tropical storm Harvey linked to climate change?

At least 14 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated as Houston is battered by catastrophic rainfall. Our environment editor unpicks the facts behind the disaster

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 17:43:49

Source: theguardian.com

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  • The whole field of climate science is dealing with a variety of factors interacting in complex ways, it would be hopelessly insufficient to just say 'oh we know it's all mixing in somehow'.
  • If global warming is a major factor in the North Atlantic hurricane season then much more global warming driving more 12 year periods absent major hurricanes must count as another of global warming's economic benefits.
  • It's beginning to look rather like a, nah can't be, change of climate?
  • You should acknowledge that climate change affects hurricane patterns, but you must also acknowledge that Houston owes its existence to the Texas oil boom and the oil refining industry.
  • If the storm had been allowed to move on land and continue unimpeded it would have no different than any other hurricane.
Experts say it could take Houston years to fully recover from Harvey

While it’s too early to compare Houston’s recovery to places like New Orleans or New York, the current state of the city makes the scope of the challenge plain

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Published: 29. 8. 2017 17:14:42

Source: theguardian.com

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Trump to visit inundated Texas as flood levels from Harvey continue to rise

Water levels from catastrophic flooding that has killed at least nine people in US state might not peak until Wednesday or Thursday

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Published: 29. 8. 2017 17:13:59

Source: theguardian.com

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In an era of dire climate records the US and South Asia floods won't be the last

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe – and the trend is only set to continue

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Published: 31. 8. 2017 10:47:35

Source: theguardian.com

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  • Try this "Increased record-breaking precipitation events under global warming" - Lehmann et al, 2015.
  • BUt that was the case 20 years ago to so what to do for people who move where it has flooded for 1,000s of years, ruined the drainage & build more while ignoring more.
  • Snow cover, like all issues related to climate, is based on a 30-year average.
  • I don't think anyone knows for sure why Harvey stalled out, but here's a research paper by a climatologist which suggests global warming has contributed to a weaker Jet Stream.
  • "Regional trends in tropical cyclone frequency and the frequency of very intense tropical cyclones have been identified in the North Atlantic and these appear robust since the 1970s" - IPCC AR5.
Flood warnings in Louisiana as Harvey makes landfall again

As the death toll in Texas rises to 18 and more rain is forecast, these are the latest developments in one of the worst natural disasters in US history

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Published: 30. 8. 2017 14:24:54

Source: theguardian.com

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