Hurricanes have made U.S. news a lot recently. Whether it be the destruction they have caused, the location they are damaging, or criticism of the government’s response, they have undeniably been a big issue over the past two years.
The United States is currently in the middle of hurricane season, which starts in the Atlantic on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30. There have been five hurricanes so far this season, with Hurricane Michael being the most recent as it is currently impacting the U.S.
Located below is a map that details where the hurricanes made landfall and the paths they traveled:
Hurricanes have gotten stronger, slower, and wetter in the past few decades than they have historically been. This is likely the result of climate change. The New York Times released an informative video on the issue:
The United Nations released a special report on Monday that laid out a path that all societies must take in order to combat the effects of man-made global warming. Currently, most societies aren’t close to meeting the requirements that have been set out.
Although the world is on the verge of an environmental crisis, the U.S. government isn’t changing its course.
When asked about the U.N. report, President Donald Trump responded with, “It was given to me, & I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it, because I can give you reports that are fabulous & reports that aren’t so good.”
This response received a wide array of criticism, prompting the #DrewIt hashtag as an attempt to mock the terminology President Trump used to describe scientific data:
Although the situation is humorous to some, the response of the President to environmental concerns matters.
Former Trump adviser Myron Bell was asked if there was any way the U.S. administration could be persuaded to take climate change more seriously. He responded with a simple, “No, I can’t.”
We have yet to see the Trump administration take direct action to combat climate change and potentially reduce the occurrence of hurricanes.