This has been an intense period of time for me. Half of my family, virtually everyone on my wife’s side, is recovering from the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. Two weeks in, they have just gotten running water, but are still without power. Unless you have spent time in the islands, I don’t think you can fathom trying to sleep amidst the intense heat and humidity without so much as a fan to stir the air and nevermind the mosquitos. In most places, the vegetation is stripped bare, so there is no longer even shade from trees. It’s sweltering.
When a drunk driving accident happens we have no problem implicating alcohol, even though there are countless other elements of the situation that may have contributed. We all agree though that drunkenness enhances the likelihood of the event. So we punish drunk drivers.
The climate change ‘debate’ is still focused on the claim that individual weather events can’t be linked to human activites, which, as it turns out, is false. Scientists are making great progress in understanding the connection. What follows from this is that eventually it may lead to accountability; industries being held to blame for death and loss of property. No wonder there is a ‘war on science.’
Read how scientists are building a body of evidence to attribute individual weather events to climate change here.