Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Posted by on September 1, 2017

I just sent a personal donation to the Houston Mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

And I hope you can as well.

What happened in Houston is arguably the worst-ever natural disaster to hit America. At this time, I’m not going to attempt to score political points by linking the devastation to climate change. If you’re reading this, you already know that Houston represents the kind of extreme weather we can expect in the future. More severe storms. Higher seas. Hotter days and nights.

We will learn from Texas in due time — the good and the ill.

One crucial immediate takeaway is that we all must prepare for extreme weather, even here in California.

Take this week’s terrible heat streak — there are ways to protect against these events. For example, imagine if Los Angeles had a denser canopy of trees, with fewer asphalt streets and more cool roofs. If we enacted these “cool” policies, LA would literally become a cooler place.

This is why Climate Resolve exists and is working to implement new cooling measures — to prevent and alleviate suffering created by climate change.

Yet, for now, let’s primarily focus on Houston. Again, I hope you can help.