Extreme weather causing heat waves and other disasters
The East Coast is currently in the throes of a major heat wave. Major cities are registering heat indexes of well over 100 degrees. All over the country, areas are experiencing unusual weather patterns. We're taking a closer look at this story from the Current.com community. Check it out and add your two cents.
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According to an NOAA analysis, the Northern Hemisphere land and ocean average surface temperature for last month was the all-time warmest May on record, at 0.85°C (1.53°F) above average. And as Amanda Staudt notes, it’s time for policymakers to start connecting the dots on carbon pollution. The recent influx of western wildfires — not to mention flooding, record heat, and the like — is extremely unlikely to occur under otherwise natural conditions.
Some states and insurance companies are beginning to recognize this, and regulators in California, Washington, and New York recently announced that insurance companies will be required to assess and disclose climate-related risks they face.
The community responds:
Wyley_Wombat: "I have not been able to find any references to any other hurricanes originating in the North Atlantic and I have been watching for quite a few years now. There have been a lot of storms that ended up in the North Atlantic and died out there as the water temperature does not lend itself to the feeding of a storm. With regards to storm origination, there simply is not enough heat to "strike the match" so to speak. Until now."
dubscorleone: "This heat is no joke"
coolplanet: "But fracking releases a hell of a lot more than methane into the atmosphere. 'Frack pits' (evaporation ponds) release hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air from the millions of gallons of waste water per gas well. They think the sky is a sewer!"
COMMONSENSEFORCOMMONGOOD_COM: "Perhaps this will drive people sufficiently mad & furious that they will begin lynching oil company executives, like the Kochs et, al."
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