We need more research on climate change
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