As I write this, Tropical Storm Barry is barreling down on New Orleans and southeast Louisiana, triggering collective and painful memories of the destruction and death wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A week doesn’t go by without breaking news of new peer-reviewed scientific research outlining mounting and dire concerns correlated to unbridled global warming.
Erupting climate change places further unbearable burdens on migrating refugees fleeing national and regional crises around the world. Wildfires across the west are fueled by persistent and stagnant high-pressure ridges in the jet stream resulting in long-lasting droughts. And when it does rain, fattened atmospheric rivers dump torrential downpours resulting in massive mudslides and erosion of the ground beneath foot.