Source: Juan Cole
The images from Houston and its environs are heart-breaking and we at IC wish all those affected a speedy and safe return to normality.
Extreme weather events are associated with climate change, and whenever they occur, they raise the question of their relationship to that process.
Human-induced climate change did not “cause” Hurricane Harvey. There have after all been hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico all along, and some of them have been monstrous. So can we relate Hurricane Harvey to human pumping of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere by driving cars, heating or cooling buildings, etc.?