Op-Ed: Hurricane Ian and the coming climate crash
In the months before Hurricane (Iggy) hit, I wrote a series of posts that expressed concern about the environmental destruction of Hurricane (Iggy) as it moved across the Atlantic. In “Hurricane Iggy and the Future of Coral Reefs” I was worried about the potential mass loss of corals, which were likely already fragile and already being targeted by climate change. I warned of the potential of the climate crisis to devastate the future of the ocean. It seemed obvious to me that the corals which would likely be the most impacted were the ones already at risk of future damage from the storm surge.
Hurricane (Iggy) forced a temporary closure of the Great Barrier Reef.
The last time a major storm approached from the Atlantic was Hurricane Ivan in 2004, which caused the greatest loss of life in Australian maritime history. There were so many casualties that the Australian government called for an investigation into the circumstances of the massive loss of life. There was also a major human impact. During the week before the storm, an estimated 1,700 people died.
Since then, it has become increasingly apparent that the impacts of tropical cyclones as they move along the Atlantic coast are actually more devastating than the natural climate change effects.
When Hurricane (Iggy) hit, our response was to send troops to the US, Canada and Europe for help.
However, it is much more likely that Hurricane (Iggy) would not have caused such devastation if it had not been moving from a tropical storm to a tropical storm. There have always been tropical cyclones, but as the climate changes, it is likely that tropical cyclones will arrive more frequently with devastating impacts.
We were not prepared for Tropical Storm Jose.
A lot has been written about the impact of Hurricane Jose, and I am not going to repeat all of it. However, it is worth noting that, in addition to the deaths of 1,700 people in the Virgin Islands, there were 11 deaths in Puerto Rico, and there were also 10 deaths in the U.S. Due to this, the U.S. declared it