The extreme weather in the US, from the devastating Caldor Fire that scorches the west coast to the deadly floods and tornadoes hitting the east coast, could pale in comparison to future weather events, climate scientist Andrew Dessler warned in CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith ”. ”
“This is climate change, and it’s just a sneak preview of what will happen if we don’t start emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” said Dessler, professor of atmospheric science at Texas A&M University. “We really have to do this or we’ll look back on the good old days.”
In fact, 2020 saw the highest concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere ever measured. A recent United Nations report warned that the climate crisis is guaranteed to get worse.
A rare tornado that struck Mullica Hill, New Jersey, left a trail of destruction Wednesday night as remains of Ida struck the entire region. Mullica Hill is in Harrison Township, and Mayor Louis Manzo told The News with Shepard Smith that rare weather events like this illustrate the need to re-zoning and infrastructure development.
“To be completely honest, there’s no denying that we’ve been dealing with more significant weather events lately, regardless of what anyone thinks is the root, that’s the truth,” Mazno said.
Dessler added that it is time to look at coastal cities like New York and see how long it will be possible for people to live there.
“We’re looking at cities on the coast like Miami, Houston, and now New York, and you think these people can live in these places for a century?” said Dessler during an interview on Thursday evening. “If not, when do we have to relocate these people? I think it’s really an open question, but we’ll have to deal with it sooner rather than later.”