Nobody can truly predict what the overall cost of climate change will be, especially for those who still deny that it exists. But for a moment lets take a look at Hurricane Harvey’s projected cost, according to private weather firm AccuWeather, they are saying, “Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with a potential price tag of $190 billion,” and this is based on a preliminary report. This week the United States is about to be hit with a second hurricane, Irma, which is projected to be even stronger than Harvey.
A statement from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) made by Anders Levermann – he’s one of the research domain co-chairs at PIK, a Professor at the University of Potsdam and Adjunct Scientist at Columbia University’s LDEO, New York, said…
“Hurricane Irma just entered the top ten of the strongest Atlantic cyclones on record – we can only hope it will not make landfall in Cuba, the Dominican Republic or densely populated Florida. Even I as a climate scientist am startled to see another potentially devastating storm in this region so shortly after Harvey. Unfortunately, the physics are very clear: hurricanes get their destructive energy from ocean heat, and currently, water surface temperatures in this region are very high. Greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal, oil, and gas raise our planet’s temperatures and provide the energy for ever stronger tropical storms. So climate change is not causing theses storms, but it can worsen their impacts. The question will also be how the US government will react if it has to handle two natural disasters – at the same time.”
Very important to note one point that Anders makes, “climate change is not causing theses storms, but it can worsen their impacts,” so nobody is saying these storms are a result of climate change. And, as we stated in the beginning of this article, nobody can truly predict what the overall cost of climate change will be, but we sure can make some predictions when it comes to Harvey and Irma. We’re predicting a total cost of $325B, that’s only dollars, we all know that doesn’t replace lives lost or lives ruined.
If you’re aware of a formula that can calculate the cost of climate change when it comes to such storms that we’re now seeing in the United States we would love to see them and share it with our audience.
If you would like to help to donate to the victims you can visit the American Red Cross.