This past year has been a year full of disasters in the US alone, with many more occurring in other parts of the world. How did we handle those disasters? What lessons can we learn from dealing with those events? This Vox article discusses some of the things that we will have to deal with when future disasters occur or when planning for the next disaster to come.
With a warming climate occurring, some disasters are probably more likely than before, although others like blizzards may be less frequent. We already know that while hurricanes have occurred in our region for centuries or longer, the heavier rain from recent storms has been scientifically linked to warmer ocean temperatures and air which allows more water vapor to be pulled into the storm. The increased impact of carbon dioxide-related warming is acting like a steroid on the atmosphere, giving it extra punch and power.