Climate Change Concerns Grow Amid Destructive Hurricane Season

Brandon Smith, Nature Lover and Correspondent

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Climate change concerns are on the rise as the fourth major hurricane in the Atlantic this year takes aim at Puerto Rico and the east coast of the United States.

While residents of Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean continue to pick up the pieces of their devastated homes and properties, science experts and world leaders are beginning to ramp up their talks of climate change being a serious threat to the modern world.

Scientists from NASA say higher than average water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean are giving fuel to developing tropical systems, leading to the devastation caused by Harvey, Irma, and Maria, just to name a few.

Asked about climate change following a tour of Irma-ravaged Florida, President Donald Trump seemed to dismiss a reporter’s question, simply saying there’s always years with destructive storms.

“If you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s, and you take a look, we’ve had storms over the years that have been bigger than this,” Trump said. “If you go back into the teens, you’ll see storms that were as big or bigger. So we did have two horrific storms, epic storms, but if you go back into the ’30s and ’40s, and you go back into the teens, you’ll see storms that were very similar and even bigger, OK?”

Trump’s statement comes after backlash from British Prime Minister Theresa May over Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, a cooperative agreement between the world’s countries to fight the growing concern over climate change.

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, May never mentioned Trump by name but said the Paris Climate Accord is an integral part in maintaining global security.

“As the global system struggles to adapt, we are confronted by states deliberately flouting – for their own gain – the rules and standards that have secured our collective prosperity and security,” May said.

Though predictions earlier this season predicted an above average active hurricane season, Environmental Protection Agency chair Scott Pruitt says it is “insensitive” to be discussing climate change as devastation in the Caribbean continues.

 

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  1. Sra. Dudley on October 22nd, 2017 6:36 pm

    Me gusta tu artículo! Estoy segura que tendrás buenas ideas cuando hablemos sobre el medio ambiente!

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