By Stephanie Pearson
Environmental Committee Chair
If you needed a wake-up call about the effects today of global warming, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should do it.
There have been two Category 4 hurricanes and two Category 5 storms that have made landfall in U.S. territory in the past month.
A climate scientist on a recent broadcast of 60 Minutes outlined why we are seeing more frequent and severe storms. Our oceans are warmer causing more evaporation which increases rainfall, the warmer water creates more energy to fuel storms increasing their intensity, and the higher level of ocean water increases storm surge during these storms.
Houston has had three 500-year flood events in the past 20 months, not including Harvey.
Here in South Florida we’ve had two significant rain events this year not including hurricanes. In June, the unexpected rain event was considered a 100-year storm but was the 4th one we’ve had in the past 40 years. We may be looking at the new normal.
There are steps our Federal and local governments can take to mitigate the effects of these storms on people but there has been a lack of urgency to get them done.
On October 11, the League of Women Voters of Broward County along with Women’s March is sponsoring a discussion with two climate experts on what is happening here in South Florida and what can be done by our government and by each of us.
Please join us:
Sea Level Rise: How is it Affecting Me and What Can I Do?
- A Panel Discussion with Keren Prize Bolter, Ph.D. and Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D.
- Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324
For more information: Stephanie Pearson 954-328-5927