New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina

By Morten Jødal, biologist, (translated from Norwegian by Tim Crome)

Re-Blogged From WUWT
At the very end of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, and significant parts of the city were flooded. Parts of the town were completely destroyed, however, the French quarter was largely saved. The devastation was enormous, the cost of reconstruction equally. 14 years later there are still houses that have not been rebuilt. In our Western world, the results of hurricanes and floods are blamed on climate change. We still hear this in the climate debate. This explanation is far from reality, and is only politically correct. There are many other reasons for the flood damage in and around New Orleans.


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Another Trillion-Dollar Unfunded Liability, Part 2: Running The Hurricane Numbers

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

The idea that as more people move to Hurricane Alley and other storm-prone places, the future cost of those storms will rise – and that we’re not accounting for that future cost and are therefore likely to be shocked by it – makes intuitive sense.

Now some recent studies have fleshed out the numbers, making it possible to tell this story visually (courtesy of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal). So here goes:

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Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #282

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By Ken Haapala, President, The Science and Environmental Policy Project

Houston Flooding – Resilience Needed: America’s great fortune of no major hurricanes (category 3 or above) making landfall ended after almost 12 years. As stated in last week’s TWTW, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor (east of Corpus Christi) on Friday night. It was a category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 130-156 mph (113-136 kt; 209-251 km/h). National Weather Service had predicted a storm surge up to 9 to 13 feet (2.7 to 4 meters) and heavy rainfall of 15 to 30 inches (38 to 76 cm) with up to 40 inches (102 cm) in some locations. Later, it degraded to a tropical storm.

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