Listen: Hurricane Harvey, Mozambique And Houston discussed on Fresh Air
"You also write about the city of Houston, for example, has taken on so much water through hurricane Harvey and an earlier storm that the sheer weight of it actually made the city sink a couple of centimeters. And I wonder, you know, some people say don't confuse weather with climate. You can't connect any specific weather event to climate chains. Is it is it clear that we're seeing something different in the weather as a result of what's happening to the climate yet. Absolutely. Scientists have gotten good at what they call attribution. Studies nee save for instance, in the case of hurricane Harvey that the rainfall was about forty percent heavier than it would have been without the heating that went on warm air holds more water vapor than Colt, you get more evaporation. That's why an errand Aries you get more drought. But then once that water is up in the atmosphere. It comes down and it comes down increasingly in Daleus. I mean, look the the hurricane Harvey is the perfect example. There were parts of Houston that got me near onto five feet of water. Not long afterwards. We had the biggest rainfall in the history of the east coast with the hurricane that hit the Carolinas. Last fall it dumped the water equivalent of all of Chesapeake Bay on the Carolinas. So these are entirely unprecedented and they're happening everywhere. The most tragic example at the moment, perhaps it's what's going on in Mozambique where cyclone need. Is being called the the worst natural disaster in the history of the southern hemisphere, it flooded, a vast part of Mozambique's Imbaba way in Malawi. And before we leave this subject.."