We need more re­search on cli­mate change

The Mercury News - - Opinion -

Pres­i­dent Trump ig­nores sci­ence at our peril. So­phis­ti­cated com­puter mod­els pre­dicted two days be­fore land­fall that Hur­ri­cane Har­vey would stall over Texas and Louisiana and dump up to 50 inches of rain. Sim­i­lar mod­els pre­dict many more ex­pen­sive weather events from a hot­ter planet in which the at­mos­phere holds 7-14 per­cent more mois­ture that will come down in del­uges.

Cli­mate change skep­tics of­ten dis­miss these cli­mate mod­els sug­gest­ing that, be­cause they are not 100 per­cent ac­cu­rate, we should not make any de­ci­sions based on their pre­dic­tions.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s 2018 bud­get dras­ti­cally cuts the cli­mate and earth sci­ence bud­gets at NASA and NOAA at a time when we des­per­ately need more re­search to im­prove mod­els.

If you’ve suf­fered from our re­cent Bay Area heat­wave, take note that 10 of the hottest years on record have oc­curred since 1998. By the way, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey is ex­pected to cost $70108 bil­lion.

— Sud­han­shu Jain, Santa Clara

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