Comedians often are the first to draw attention to disasters, pending or real-time.
“How many once-in-a-lifetime events is it going to take in our lifetime for everyone to admit that maybe mad-made climate change is real? Do you realize Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded. And that is exactly the sort of thing that climate science predicts: in this part of the world, warmer oceans will lead to stronger hurricanes.”
“What is it going to take to get climate deniers to acknowledge this,” said comedian Trevor Noah.
Things got worse after he made this claim on his show last week.
U.S. President Donald Trump not only disbelieves in climate change he had proposed cutting disaster relief funds before it became politically impossible to do it.
Trump already had begun the process of pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate change accords.
He has called climate change a “hoax” created by the Chinese to slow the economies of the U.S. and other nations.
The Independent reports: “The world is going to be hit by more horrifying weather events like the hurricanes Irma and Harvey. And it isn't at all ready.
“Countries across the globe need to start planning their response to such events or they are at risk of only allowing rich people to survive them, experts have warned. Global warming is likely to trigger a run of extreme weather events, they say, and like the recent hurricanes they may unfairly hit the poor.”
National Geographic reports: “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we can expect the oceans to rise between 11 and 38 inches (28 to 98 centimeters) by 2100, enough to swamp many of the cities along the U.S. East Coast. More dire estimates, including a complete meltdown of the Greenland ice sheet, place sea level rise to 23 feet (7 meters), enough to submerge London.”
It adds: “When large storms hit land, higher sea levels mean bigger, more powerful storm surges that can strip away everything in their path.
“In addition, hundreds of millions of people live in areas that will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding. Higher sea levels would force them to abandon their homes and relocate. Low-lying islands could be submerged completely.”
Hours and hours of hurricane coverage rarely mentions climate change or global warming, but does frequently mention that warm water makes the storms worse.
Live Science ranks Brazil and the U.S. as the top two polluters in the world.