After a deluge of media reports surfaced linking global warming to Hurricane Harvey, University of Washington atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass analyzed the available data to see just how big a role human emissions of greenhouse gases played in the storm.
“And the results are clear: human-induced global warming played an inconsequential role in this disaster,” Mass wrote in a blog post debunking claims that Harvey was fueled by man-made warming.
Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in late August, dumping record levels of rain over the greater Houston area as it stalled over land before moving back out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Thousands of people lost their homes, and more than 40 people died during the storm. Federal and state officials are working to rescue more people and assess the damage, but some climate scientists and activists were quick to link the storm to global warming.
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