You might have heard about the floodwaters in Houston, but it wasn’t until this week that it was reported that the state of Texas had recorded its largest flooding in over 100 years.
According to The Houston Chronicle, nearly two inches of rain have fallen in just the past 48 hours, with the rainfall total at about 5.5 inches, leaving the state with a total of 7.2 inches of water in its rivers and reservoirs.
The flooding has prompted some residents to ask if the flood waters were a direct result of climate change.
The water levels of some of the state’s most popular water parks, such as the Texas Aquarium, have risen and the park’s water pumps have begun to operate normally, according to ABC News.
So what exactly is climate change causing these flooding events?
In the past, there have been a number of events that have occurred due to climate change, including droughts, extreme weather events, and heat waves.
According the Climate and Energy Institute (CEI), a nonprofit research and advocacy group, climate change has caused more than a third of the world’s recorded global warming since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and will likely continue to do so in the future.
But it isn’t just climate change that has caused these flooding storms.
In fact, according a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), climate change may be having a bigger impact on the U.S. than the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere.
“There is no question that climate change is having an impact on our weather,” NOAA Senior Scientist Tom Knappenberger told CNN in an interview.
“We’re seeing more severe weather and more extreme weather and warmer temperatures.
We are seeing more extreme precipitation and we are seeing a significant increase in extreme precipitation.”
Knappensberger said the increased extreme weather is due to more frequent and intense flooding.
“These things that we would expect to happen with climate change are happening now, which is really good news for us,” Knappesberger said.
The number of storms and severe weather events in the U to this point have been significantly higher than what was predicted by climate models, but that may be due to the increased amount of heat in the atmosphere, according NOAA.
“The atmosphere is getting hotter, and the oceans are getting warmer,” Knapensberger told the Chronicle.
“So the warmer the water gets, the more energy it releases.
It’s really a combination of factors.”
The number and severity of these extreme weather phenomena is rising with each passing year, and experts say it’s up to us to do more to prepare for the worst, according the Daily Mail.
“It is critical that we are doing everything we can to protect our homes and businesses from the heat, and help the country prepare for and deal with the impact of climate-related disasters,” the Daily Mirror reported.
“As a nation, we have to come together as a society and act now to avoid catastrophe.”
It’s important to remember that while we’re seeing record rainfall and flooding in some parts of the country, the rest of the U will continue to experience flooding, drought, and extreme weather in the coming decades.
For the average American, climate and water pollution is only a small part of the issue.
According a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2017, water pollution from both human activity and industrial activities is a serious issue that can be addressed through the introduction of new and innovative technologies.
The report notes that climate and urbanization, along with industrial and agriculture, are the main drivers of water pollution.
To reduce these pollution sources, and improve the health and well-being of people and animals, countries must work together to develop innovative solutions that address climate change,” the study concluded.