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Monday, September 30, 2013

The Unseen Damage of Excessive Fooding

In the is article by Glenn Scherer, he points out what is missed in the immediate reporting of the massive floods the world  is enduring as part of climate change.

"What TV doesn’t show is the invisible, potentially deadly, long-term toxic legacy these devastating storms leave behind with increasing frequency as climate change intensifies", he states.

Colorado’s flood, for example, inundated vast amounts of natural gas and oil drilling infrastructure in one of the nation’s most intensely-drilled areas.

He goes on to talk about superstorms Katrina and Sandy and then repeats the message many of us have heard before:

"The climate change forecast is for escalating deluge, with scientists warning of a warmer, wetter world that carries more moisture in the atmosphere, and more powerful storms. It’s already happening: Between 1958 and 2011, precipitation falling in heavy downpours increased by an astounding 74 percent in the Northeast U.S., 45 percent in the Midwest, 26 percent in the Southeast, 21 percent in the High Plains states, and 12 percent in the Rockies and most of the West, according to NOAA."

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