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In a new study, economist and environmental analyst Nicholas Loris explained that climate change simply isn't responsible for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
What were the results of the study?
Bottom line, Loris's analysis stated that "man-made warming" was not responsible for Harvey and Irma.
"Man-made warming did not cause Harvey and Irma," Loris wrote. "As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have increased, there have been no trends in global tropical cycle landfalls."
Loris said that the "average number of hurricanes per decade reaching landfall in the U.S. has fallen over the past 160 years."
He added that the study is based on concrete "mainstream science," and cited reports from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and NOAA to corroborate his analysis.
Loris also disputed assertions that global warming "supercharged" these hurricanes, which made them deadlier, citing work by University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass and former director of the National Hurricane Center Bill Read, both of whom rejected this claim after conducting research into the phenomenon.
Why is this important?
With the eastern seaboard still in the thick of hurricane season (as well as the most recent devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Maria, which was said to "cripple" Dominica with "widespread devastation" en route to Puerto Rico and possibly the States), it's important to maintain levelheaded perspective and communication on natural disasters while speaking truth amidst apprehension.
This writer's perspective
In a hyper-political environment, pro-climate change and anti-climate change theory rhetoric serves only to distract from the real issue at hand: the necessity of serving people impacted by natural disasters, and the implementation of standardized response to these crises.
While much of the media and government is ensconced in creating division among political parties and ideologies, it's more important to avoid playing into alarmist rhetoric, which only serves to "encourage" people through anxiety and panic.
Simply put: It's time to stop educating through fear.
Instead of focusing on the apprehension and divisiveness surrounding the causes of natural disasters, it's more important than ever that we maintain our humanity and come together to help one another.
"Non nobis solum nati sumus." —Marcus Tullius Cicero
("Not for ourselves alone are we born.")
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