IN LIGHT OF HARVEY AND OTHER EXTREME WEATHER, FT CONDEMNS TRUMP EXIT FROM PARIS ACCORD AS RECKLESS

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1 september 2017

Counting the costs of Hurricane Harvey

Houston and Washington must absorb the lessons of climate change


Financial Times editorial
, September 1, 2017

[4C Note: This is only a small part of the FT's editorial today. In the rest of the statement, the newspaper notes that the simultaneous flooding of Bangladesh, Nepal and northeast India has cost the lives of more than 1200 and made milliions homeless. It also applauds the rest of the world, and especially the "erstwhile skeptic" government of India for not following Trump's lead in exiting the Paris accord.]

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Though Harvey is classified as a once-in-500-year flood, this is the third time Houston has been blighted with freak rainfall in as many years. Global warming is real. From the Indian monsoon to America’s hurricane season, extreme weather is becoming more common. Unless we sharply cut carbon emissions, and build more resilient systems to cope with their effects, the cost of such disasters will keep mounting.

Prevention is cheaper than cure. With each degree-Celsius rise in the global temperature, there is a 7 per cent increase in the atmosphere’s capacity to hold water. That means more extreme storms and floods. Though no specific natural disaster can be solely attributed to global warming, there is no doubt it boosts their frequency and severity. It was thus reckless of Donald Trump’s administration to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change earlier this year.
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