Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Monday, 5 September 2016

Storm Hermine's damage fueled by global warming, scientists say

From the Guardian - forecasters say storm is expected to stall off the coast of New Jersey and other parts of the north-east as governors declared states of emergency.

"Storm surges pushed by Hermine, the hurricane-turned tropical storm that on Sunday was moving up the US eastern seaboard, could be even more damaging than previous such surges because sea levels have risen by a foot due to global warming, climate scientists said.

Michael Mann of the Pennsylvania State University noted that the one-foot sea-level rise in New York City over the last century meant 25 more square miles flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, causing billions more in damage.

“We are already experiencing more and more flooding due to climate change in every storm,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a geosciences professor at Princeton University. “And it’s only the beginning.”

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