The recent events in Louisiana got us all wondering what is next and what caused it all. Climate change is advancing in no time and people seem not to care about its warnings. On the other hand, what is left for people to do? Is it actually in their power to change the forces of nature?
The people in Louisiana, as well as authorities, have been taken by surprise by the heavy rains and the flood which invaded their homes and changed their lives. The situation is even worse than people might have expected, as the damages are not only material but human as well, as the Louisiana flood already made more than 11 victims. Statistics show that about 40,000 buildings have been affected, and the lives of 30,000 were in danger, but the rescue teams arrived on time.
Experts think that an event like the Louisiana flood is something that happens once in 500 or 1,000 years. However, present day circumstances make them reconsider the odds. Climate change affects the weather conditions making it more likely to rain or to experience heat waves when least expected.
David Titley, a specialist in weather conditions, commented on the situation:
“Warm air holds more water vapor than cold air, and we’re warming up both the air temperature and we’re warming up the oceans.”
There are other regions which have been affected by similar events, such as South Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Texas. Both people and specialist try to find a way of keeping the regions in good conditions to live there, and they also fear that similar natural phenomena can strike again, soon.
Professor Titley also talks about the situation in California, where, as opposed to the Louisiana flood, people deal with a drought period:
“It seems like a paradox that you can increase both drought and flooding. But that’s the world we’re going to.”
However, there are specialists who claim that the Louisiana flood was not caused by climate change and has nothing to do with global warming. Two of them, Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger, dedicated their studies to proving this point. According to Canada Free Press, both scientists agree on the following:
“Our findings indicate that the climate variability of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans can exert a large control on the precipitation frequency and magnitude over the contiguous USA.”
There is no surprise if further studies are concerned with this matter, as the controversy needs to be solved.
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