Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Think. Again.

(6,066 posts)
Fri Oct 27, 2023, 03:50 AM Oct 2023

Hurricane Otis; Calling this "climate change" is not enough

EMILY ATKIN, OCT 26
Full Article: https://heated.world/p/calling-this-climate-change-is-not

Journalists and meteorologists must go further, and call rapid hurricane intensification a symptom of fossil fuels.


A Weather Channel broadcast shows not just the rapid intensification, but “explosive intensification” of Hurricane Otis, which made landfall Wednesday as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of nearly 167 miles per hour and gusts of up to 205 miles per hour. Source: The Weather Channel


A monster Category 5 hurricane pummeled the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people, knocking out power, and destroying infrastructure in the famed city of Acapulco.

If you’re surprised to hear about this, that may be because weather forecasters were, too. On Tuesday night, Hurricane Otis “experienced nearly unprecedented explosive development in hours, going from a Category 1 to a catastrophic Category 5 with nearly no warning, stunning residents and meteorologists alike,” Fox Weather reported.

-snip-

That’s because greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning, deforestation and industrial agriculture are making the ocean much hotter—and hotter oceans make rapid intensification more likely.

But Hurricane Otis’s growth was on whole other level—so rapid and intense that some forecasters gave it another name: “explosive intensification.” In just 24 hours, the storm’s top-end windspeed increased by 115 miles per hour.

-snip-

Full Article: https://heated.world/p/calling-this-climate-change-is-not
2 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Hurricane Otis; Calling this "climate change" is not enough (Original Post) Think. Again. Oct 2023 OP
Oil companies should be held liable for at least part of the costs redqueen Oct 2023 #1
I absolutely agree... Think. Again. Oct 2023 #2

redqueen

(114,911 posts)
1. Oil companies should be held liable for at least part of the costs
Fri Oct 27, 2023, 09:10 AM
Oct 2023

They knew, and they hid it and lied and lied and lied and lied

Think. Again.

(6,066 posts)
2. I absolutely agree...
Fri Oct 27, 2023, 09:20 AM
Oct 2023

...they DID (and DO) know the extreme harm their products are causing and yet they persist in lobbying (and worse) to assure that they can continue to bring in excessive pure profit from those same products (with the help of taxpayer funded subsidies too!)

The fossil fuel industry was in a prime position to transition away from fossil fuels and into monopolizing the cleaner energy economy decades ago, they knew that, and instead they intentionally promoted the INCREASED sales and use of the products they knew were (and are) killing life on our only planet BECAUSE THEY ALREADY OWN THE OIL FIELDS.

Latest Discussions»Issue Forums»Environment & Energy»Hurricane Otis; Calling t...